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 Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and the Data Science and Learning Division at 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.


We are developing methods to automate the scientific data lifecycle.

funcX is a Function as a Service platform for scientific computing.

Parallel scripting in Python


Rohan Kumar’s “Coding the Continuum: Fluid Function Execution in Heterogeneous Computing Environments” has been accepted to the Heterogeneity in Computing Workshop at IPDPS 2021!

Ian Foster, Kyle Chard, Yadu Babuji, and Zhuozhao Li are chairing the Workshop on High Performance Serverless Computing which will be held virtually in conjunction with HPDC2021

Ben Blaiszik and Ian Foster helped organize and plan the first annual meeting of the Materials Research Data Alliance (MaRDA). Topics included FAIR materials data, identification of state of the art data infrastructure, gap analyses, panels and presentations from leading experts in materials data, and more. The full program can be found here. Recorded videos will be available soon.