2020 marks the 10-year anniversary of the Globus service as we know it today. It also promises to be a monumental year for the product and team, for many reasons, not least because we’ll likely reach one exabyte (10^18 bytes) transferred as Globus usage continues to grow. I want to take a moment to reflect on how far we’ve come, and where we plan to go in 2020 and beyond.
NIH staff and extramural researchers with an electronic Research Administration (eRA) Commons account can now use those credentials with Globus to access resources and services. This integration is the result of a partnership between the NIH Center for Information Technology and Globus, a division of the University of Chicago that provides data management capabilities—including managed data transfer and sharing—to research organizations.
Research Reality: Research projects can include multiple collaborators, generate large amounts of data, include hundreds or thousands of participants/samples, and require significant computing resources for data storage, transfer, and analysis. The data needs to be shared, combined, and manipulated by researchers who may sit on the other side of a wall, across campus, or across the ocean from each other.
An extensive collaboration led by Argonne recently won the Inaugural SCinet Technology Challenge at the Supercomputing 19 conference by demonstrating real-time analysis of light source data from Argonne’s APS to the ALCF.
Two essential elements of the cyberinfrastructure required to advance modern science are networking and high performance computing resources. That’s what SCinet set out to demonstrate at SC19 in Denver, with their first-ever SCinet Technology Challenge.
And we’re proud that Globus played a role in the winning project!