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.


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


Kyle Chard presented “OAuth SSH with Globus Auth” and Rick Wagner presented “An Open System for Pervasive Use of Persistent Identifiers” at PEARC 2020.

funcX and Ryan Chard featured in Argonne’s ALCF Newsletter about using supercomputers to conduct real-time analysis of COVID-19 proteins.

Ganesh Sivaraman’s paper, entitled “Machine-Learned interatomic potentials by active learning: amorphous and liquid hafnium dioxide”, has been published to the Nature Partner Journal on Computational Materials.

“Real-time HEP analysis with funcX, a high-performance platform for function as a service”, led by Anna, has been accepted for publication to CHEP 2019 - 24rd International Conference on Computing in High Energy and Nuclear Physics proceedings.