Learn how others are using Globus.

Browse this page for examples of Globus usage based on organization, project, field of research, or Globus capability.


Using Shared Endpoints for Data Publication at Oak Ridge

  • Field: General
  • Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Lab (ORNL)
  • Globus capability: Globus sharing
  • Usage summary: ORNL developed a Digital Object Identifier (DOI) service where the data resides at ORNL Globus is used to let users construct their data, workflow, and additional info before submitting to be published. They are also using multiple shared endpoints to construct and retrieve DOIs, which are searchable multiple ways including datacite and ORNL's internal service.
  • For more information: See slides from GlobusWorld talk or get info about Globus sharing.

Tiered Data Storage at University of Michigan

  • Field: General, Life Sciences
  • Organization(s): University of Michigan
  • Globus capability: Globus sharing, Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: Globus is the glue by which UMich moves data between services. It is their most recommended way to move data in bulk between services. In addition, their Bioinformatics Core uses Globus Connect to share data with clients.
  • For more information: See slides from GlobusWorld talk or get info about Globus sharing.

National Data Service Adds Cloud-Based Interactive Compute Capabilities

  • Field: General
  • Organization(s): National Data Service (NDS), National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA), San Diego Supercomputing Center (SDSC
  • Globus capability: Globus platform, Globus Auth, Globus publication
  • Usage summary: The National Data Service's Labs Workbench platform, built on Globus, is a scalable, web-based system intended to support turnkey deployment of encapsulated data management and analysis tools to support exploratory analysis and development on cloud resources that are physically "near" the data and associated high-performance computing (HPC) systems.
  • For more information: See slides from GlobusWorld talk or get info about the Globus platform.

Serving Neuroscientific Studies at Massachusetts General Hospital

  • Field: Life Sciences, Neuroscience
  • Organization(s): Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard University
  • Globus capability: Globus publication, Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: Globus facilitates intra-project data movement for neuroscientific studies across multiple acquisition sites, with eventual data publication at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
  • For more information: See slides from the GlobusWorld talk or get info about Globus publication or transfer.

Working with Research Data at Stanford

  • Field: General
  • Organization(s): Stanford University
  • Globus capability: Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: Stanford users Globus to simplify working with data and to accelerate transfers.
  • For more information: See slides from GlobusWorld talk.

Modernizing Data Workflows at Harvard


University of Saskatchewan's Research Storage Service

  • Field: General
  • Organization(s): University of Saskatchewan (USASK)
  • Globus capability: Globus platform, Globus publication
  • Usage summary: USASK's research storage service "DATASTORE" provides access via Globus for speed, automation, and more complex data management, as well as for connection with Compute Canada. They have also integrated Globus with their identity provider and created a customized USASK look-and feel login page.
  • For more information: See slides from GlobusWorld talk or learn about building portals with the Globus platform.

Terra Basic Fusion Project at NCSA / Blue Waters

  • Field: Climate
  • Organization(s): National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
  • Globus capability: Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: We downloaded 1.3 PB of L1B Terra data from various data centers to the Blue Waters system. Then we used Globus to integrate massive-scale processing between archive storage and computational resources to produce 2.5 PB of a new fused weather data product.
  • For more information: Learn more about Globus at NCSA Blue Waters or get info about Globus transfer.

Rice University Using Globus for Google Drive

  • Field: General
  • Organization(s): Rice University
  • Globus capability: Globus sharing, Globus transfer, Globus for Google Drive connector
  • Usage summary: To facilitate reliable data movement and sharing for Rice researchers, Rice subscribes to Globus for research data management. Rice uses Globus for file transfer and sharing, and they also utilize the Globus for Google Drive connector to simplify data access and archiving with Google Drive.
  • For more information: Read the user story or learn more about Globus for Google Drive.

CyberShake Project for Predicting Earthquake Impact

  • Field: Earth Sciences
  • Organization(s): Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC), NCSA Blue Waters, ORNL Titan
  • Globus capability: Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: Researchers used Globus to transfer intermediate results between Titan and Blue Waters for a CyberShake project. Workflows ran for nearly a month, and during that time, Globus was used to transfer over 700TB between OLCF and NCSA.
  • For more information: Learn more about CyberShake or Globus for file transfer.

Argonne Leverages Globus in Machine Learning Project to Build Lab-Wide Data Service

  • Field: General, Materials Science
  • Organization(s): Argonne National Lab, Argonne Leadership Computing Facility
  • Globus capability: Globus platform
  • Usage summary: Scientists at the Data Science and Learning Division (DSL) at Argonne National Laboratory have undertaken a project to develop a lab service for interactive, scalable, reproducible data science, leveraging machine learning methods to reduce simulation costs and increase data quality and value for researchers. As a testbed for developing this service, project leaders collaborated with the ALCF, Materials Data Facility, and Globus in a project leveraging machine learning to improve model development.
  • For more information: Read the user story or learn more about the Globus platform.

ORNL Science DMZ and Bridging CADES Workflows

  • Field: General, Climate, Genetics
  • Organization(s): Oak Ridge National Lab, OLCF
  • Globus capability: Globus Platform, Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: The Compute and Data Environment for Science (CADES) at Oak Ridge National Lab provides compute and data infrastructure resources for scientific discovery via a Science DMZ architecture based on Globus. Use case examples involve Atmospheric Radiation Measurement (ARM) Climate Research Facility, where Globus is used for simplified transfer and to create advanced workflows; the CrossBOW Project for big data operational workflows; and Genetics research.
  • For more information: See slides from the GlobusWorld talk or learn more about the Globus Platform.

NCAR RDA

  • Field: Earth Sciences
  • Organization(s): National Center for Atmospheric Research's Research Data Archive
  • Globus capability: Globus sharing, Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: NCAR RDA advises that Globus "provides much more robust and reliable transfer capabilities than standard web download options."
  • For more information: Get the GlobusWorld slides, see the tip posted from NCAR RDA or learn more about Globus sharing and transfer.

Machine Learning in the Cloud at DICE Lab

  • Field: General
  • Organization(s): Clemson University
  • Globus capability: Globus Platform, Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: The Data Intensive Computing Ecosystems (DICE) lab at Clemson University is utilizing CloudyCluster for scientific computations in the area of scalable machine learning, and in particular, in topic modeling. One recent implementation by Google, PLDA+, uses message passing in a distributed cluster environment to speed up the calculation of topics in a very large corpus (100’s of GB); data was moved over Internet2 to the Amazon cloud.
  • For more information: See slides from the GlobusWorld talk or learn more about the Globus Platform.

Globus Auth with XSEDE and Jetstream

  • Field: Earth Sciences
  • Organization(s): Texas A&M, Louisiana State University, San Diego Supercomputing Center
  • Globus capability: Globus Platform, Globus Auth, Globus sharing, Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: The XSEDE community and the Jetstream cloud service provider are using Globus Auth to simplify and streamline user authentication and add support for identity linking: especially campus credentials.
  • For more information: See slides from the GlobusWorld talk or learn more about the Globus Platform and Globus Auth.

SIMULOCEAN Science Gateway

  • Field: Earth Sciences
  • Organization(s): Texas A&M, Louisiana State University, San Diego Supercomputing Center
  • Globus capability: Globus Platform, Globus Auth, Globus sharing, Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: A research scientist at Texas A&M has been working to deploy a containerized coastal model on XSEDE resources, work that started at LSU. The goal is to develop and deploy enhancements into the SIMULOCEAN science gateway, integrating new Docker features of Bridges and Globus capabilities for authentication, file transfer and sharing. The PI also collaborated with SDSC.
  • For more information: Learn about SIMULOCEAN, get details from the XSEDE16 poster, hear a talk from an ECSS symposium, or learn more about the Globus Platform.

NHERI DesignSafe-CI

  • Field: Earth Sciences
  • Organization(s): Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin
  • Globus capability: Globus Platform, Globus transfer
  • Usage summary: The Natural Hazards Engineering Research Infrastructure (NHERI) is a distributed, multi-user, national facility funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). For moving large volumes of data, or large numbers of files (>50) or folders, the Globus tools are the recommended way of moving data in and out of NHERI's DesignSafe data depot.
  • For more information: Read about Globus in action for DesignSafe or learn more about the Globus Platform.

Georgia Tech Astrophysics Research at NCSA


Cornell Biotech Data Lifecycle Management, Onsite and in Amazon S3

  • Field: Biotechnology
  • Organization(s): Cornell University
  • Globus capability: File sharing, file transfer
  • Usage summary: Globus facilitates file transfer for data lifecycle management, from generation to analysis platforms to archive. We use Globus to share data with users of our facility, both from our centrally managed bioinformatics infrastructure or investigator’s own machines. We also use Amazon S3 endpoints to move data for archival storage; once in S3, lifecycle rules move the data to Amazon Glacier.
  • For more information: Visit the Cornell Biotechnology Resource Center, find out about Globus sharing, or learn about the Globus for Amazon S3.

Materials Data Facility (MDF) Platform


Epilepsy Research at Stanford's Soltesz Lab and NCSA

  • Field: Life Sciences
  • Organization(s): Soltesz Lab at Stanford Medical Center, NCSA
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: The researcher on this project uses Globus frequently for transferring data between lab computers and Blue Waters, and between Blue Waters and XSEDE supercomputers like SDSC Comet.
  • For more information: Read the user story or the NCSA article, or try out Globus file transfer

OSiRIS Project for Distributed, Multi-Institutional Storage


COSMIC2 Cryo-EM Project


GPU-accelerated Deep Learning for Gravitational Wave Discovery

  • Field: Geophysics, astrophysics
  • Organization(s): National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
  • Globus capability: File transfer, data archiving
  • Usage summary: Scientists ran numerical relativity simulations on Blue Waters that they then archived using Globus; they also used Globus to transfer the extracted simulations, obtained using POWER on Blue Waters, to the GPUs they used to train and test the neural nets.
  • For more information: Read the NCSA news release or the Globus user story or try out Globus file transfer

CMIP6 Climate Study with Berkeley Lab and ESnet


NCAR/UCAR Data Transfer and Sharing

  • Field: Climate
  • Organization(s): National Center for Atmospheric Research, University Corporation for Atmospheric Research
  • Globus capability: File transfer, file sharing, data distribution
  • Usage summary: The Computational Information Systems Laboratory (CISL) at NCAR recommends using Globus to transfer files between systems—for example, between XSEDE facilities and the resources that CISL manages. NCAR also uses Globus to distribute data from their Research Data Archive (RDA).
  • For more information: Visit the CISL Globus page or the NCAR blog, try out Globus file transfer or learn about Globus sharing

Kilts Center Distribution Platform for Nielsen Marketing Data


Building Compute Canada's Federated Research Data Repository (FRDR)


Data Movement and Archiving at WVU


NCSA File Sharing for Blue Waters Projects

  • Field: Multiple
  • Organization(s): National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) - Blue Waters
  • Globus capability: File transfer, file sharing
  • Usage summary: Blue Waters at NCSA uses Globus sharing, both active sharing for current allocations and community sharing for prior projects, so users can quickly, effectively, and securely share data sets with their research community or the broader public
  • For more information: Read the user story

MSI HPC Data Archiving and Digital Preservation

  • Field: Multiple
  • Organization(s): University of Minnesota's Supercomputing Institute (MSI)
  • Globus capability: Globus for Black Pearl connector
  • Usage summary: MSI implemented Spectra Logic Black Pearl storage with the Globus connector to solves the problem of costly and complex approaches to digital preservation and archiving for hundreds of terabytes of critical research data
  • For more information: Get the GlobusWorld slides or read the user story

Building an Advanced Crop Analytics Portal

  • Field: Agriculture, Energy
  • Organization(s): Transportation Energy Resources from Renewable Agriculture Phenotyping Reference Platform (TERRA-REF)
  • Globus capability: Globus Platform
  • Usage summary: Used Globus to build portal which will provide open access to huge datasets that will guide breeding decisions, facilitate collaboration, and allow unprecedented data sharing
  • For more information: Visit the TERRA-REF site

UC Boulder Oceanography Study

  • Field: Earth Sciences - Oceanography
  • Organization(s): University of Colorado Boulder, National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS), University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR)
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: Used Globus for regular movement of massive data files (~87 GB per snapshot) from NICS to UCAR, or to a user’s local desktop or laptop, with average increase of 160x for download times to a laptop
  • For more information: Read the user story

NERSC Data Movement and Archiving

  • Field : Energy
  • Organization(s): National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC)
  • Globus capability: File transfer, Globus Platform
  • Usage summary: As part of an initiative to make data and computing services available online, NERSC enabled Globus as a preferred method of data movement, archiving ad web-based syncing for the thousands of scientists and researchers who use the center on a daily basis
  • For more information: Read the user story

U Chicago Next-Gen Sequencing 

  • Field : Life Sciences, Genomics, Sequencing
  • Organization(s): University of Chicago Genomics Facility
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: Technicians used Globus to move sequencing results data to customers
  • For more information: Read the user story

STAR Experiment at Brookhaven Lab

  • Field : Physics, Geophysics
  • Organization(s): Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC) at Brookhaven National Laboratory; NERSC
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: Simplified the file transfer process so users could easily move hundreds of GB of data between STAR facilities at RHIC and NERSC, with minimal setup.
  • For more information: Read the user story

Genetic Sequencing at UCLA Semel Institute

  • Field : Life Sciences, Genomics, Sequencing
  • Organization(s): Semel Institute's Center for Neurobehavioral Genetics at UCLA
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: Globus allowed researchers to achieve much higher transfer rates for data movement between the lab's mini cluster and the Hoffman2 cluster at UCLA's Institute for Digital Research and Education (IDRE), enabling the etam to reach their goal of sequencing 723 vervets with cumulative data totaling 18TB.
  • For more information: Read the user story

NYU Med Center Cloud Data Storage

  • Field: Life Sciences, Bioinformatics
  • Organization(s): High Performance Computing Facility of the New York University (NYU) Center for Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, NYU Langone Medical Center
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: Used Globus to transfer data to Amazon EC2 to get large data sets into the cloud environment where researchers could access and use it.
  • For more information: Read the Amazon Case Study

MIMD Lattice Computation (MILC) Research Collaboration

  • Field: Physics
  • Organization(s): Numerous institutions including Indiana University, Washington University, University of Utah, Syracuse, Rutgers, University of Arizona, Argonne National Lab, and Fermilab
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: Used Globus to simplify the process of moving big data around to various project supercomputers where time had been allocated (e.g. Kraken, Athena, Lincoln, Longhorn, Franklin, Intrepid and Hopper. Globus also accelerated data movement, e.g. in one case transferring one hundred 7-gigabyte files in just 90 minutes (a process that would have take over 3 days with scp).
  • For more information: Read the user story

Renewable Energy Project at Cornell

  • Field: Energy
  • Organization(s): Cornell University; National Institute of Computational Sciences (NICS)
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: Moved terabytes of data between Kraken and Spur (a visualization system) in only hours.
  • For more information: Read the user story

Data Movement and Authorization Management at NCSA

  • Field: Multiple
  • Organization(s): National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: Systems engineer uses Globus for all transfers, citing speed, consistent interface, reliability.
  • For more information: Read the user story

University of Exeter Campuswide Data Movement

  • Field: Multiple
  • Organization(s): University of Exeter
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: The University of Exeter has enabled their researchers to use the Globus platform. Users log in with their existing credentials or Globus ID and Globus (with Globus Auth) takes care of the rest.
  • For more information: Visit the Exeter Globus Web App

Climate Research at U Miami

  • Field: Earth Sciences, Climate
  • Organization(s): University of Miami
  • Globus capability: File transfer
  • Usage summary: Used Globus to make global climate simulations manageable by both accelerating and simplifying file transfer between remote sites, e.g. a transfer from San Diego to Miami in 5 minutes which would have taken almost 17 hours by sftp/rsync.
  • For more information: Read the user story