Making all research data accessible, discoverable, and usable

Globus Labs is a research group led by Prof. Ian Foster and Dr. Kyle Chard that spans the Computation Institute, Department of Computer Science, and Math and Computer Science Division at the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. Our modest goal is to realize a world in which all research data are reliably, rapidly, and securely accessible, discoverable, and usable. To this end, we work on a broad range of research problems in data-intensive computing and research data management. Our work is made possible by much-appreciated support from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Department of Energy, National Institute of Standards and Technology, and other sources, and in addition to computer science, engages fields as diverse as materials science, biology, archaeology, climate policy, and social sciences. We work closely with the team developing the Globus research data management platform, who often challenge us to think bigger—and sometimes implement our less crazy ideas.


FEATURED PROJECTS

We are developing methods for online data analysis and reduction on exascale computers

We are developing methods to index large amounts of scientific data distributed over heterogeneous storage systems

We are developing methods to automatically extract scientific facts buried in scientific publications


RECENT NEWS

Ian Foster and Logan Ward attended a Deep Learning Workshop at Argonne National Laboratory on Jan. 16, 2018. Ian presented about deep learning at ANL as the new lead of the Data Science and Learning Division; Logan presented about deep learning and materials design.

Ian Foster attended the 24th IEEE International Conference on High Performance Computing, Data and Analytics (HiPC) in Jaipur, India. He presented a keynote talk entitled “Computing Just What You Need: Online Data Analysis and Reduction at Extreme Scales” on Dec. 21, 2017.

Ian Foster has been appointed to lead Argonne National Laboratory’s new Data Science and Learning Division on Nov. 08, 2017.

Ian Foster has presented a demo on a service that integrates data from the Materials Data Facility to Argonne Leadership Computing Facility, using Globus, at the SC’17 Supercomputing Conference in Denver, CO on Nov. 14, 2017.