Software helps people harness the power of computing for the task of their choice, be it analyzing a genome or streaming a movie. But platforms provide the next level of computational potential, enabling easy access to software for users and a strong foundation for developers to build upon and distribute their work. A good platform example is iOS, the operating system for mobile Apple devices, which through its app store and programming language allows worldwide distribution of software, near instantly, at low cost.


The traditional practices of scientific publication have made it difficult to properly credit software and the developers that built it. Journal articles are generally written to present scientific findings and share results, not code, a credit gap that has pushed many promising scientific programmers onto other career paths. But last year, a group of scientists including CI Senior Fellow and Argonne computer scientist Kate Keahey launched a new kind of journal, SoftwareX, to treat these contributions as valuable scientific instruments and give them the credit they deserve.


A multi-institutional team of researchers is using Chameleon -- the cloud computing system for research operated by the Computation Institute and Texas Advanced Computing Center -- to study cyberattacks, detect vulnerabilities, and improve defenses.  


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The Discovery Cloud is CI Director Ian Foster's vision to deliver powerful computational tools and methods to every professional and amateur scientist around the world, fundamentally transforming the ecosystem of science. Globus is the first step towards realizing this vision.

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Nimbus is an open-source toolkit focused on providing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) capabilities to the scientific community. Nimbus enables providers of resources to build private or community IaaS clouds, users to use IaaS clouds and developers to extend, experiment and customize IaaS. Combining those tools and capabilities in different ways allows users to rapidly develop custom community-specific solutions.

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Globus Online is software-as-a-service for research data management. It enables researchers to easily and securely move big data and share it with collaborators around the world. As a cloud-hosted service, Globus Online makes it easy for resource owners and system administrators to deliver advanced data management services to their users.

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