Globus is a group at the University of Chicago that develops and operates a non-profit service for use by the research community.

Our low-cost subscriptions fund the ongoing development of Globus to ensure researchers can continue to rely on the critical software and services we provide.

Globus was originally developed in 1997 to enable grid computing with the approach that, by connecting computing resources, the data can be freed from its initial source and made portable—even if it's huge. The Globus project has grown much since its initial beginnings based on the research of Ian Foster, Carl Kesselman, and Steve Tuecke, but we’ve stayed true to our roots in scientific research and today, services from Globus are used by tens of thousands of researchers at many hundreds of universities, laboratories, and computing facilities around the world.

The Globus mission is to help researchers focus on their research rather than on IT issues, by providing users (as well as administrators of computing facilities and labs) powerful tools built for solving the problems of data-intensive research. Our software and services enable virtual organizations to collaborate across organizational boundaries. We are at the forefront of conversations about research data management, campus bridging, data planning, and models for creating sustainable software.

Globus products and services are developed and operated by the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, supported by funding from the Department of Energy, the National Science Foundation, and the National Institutes of Health—as well as the generosity of our subscribers.