When the Computation Institute (CI) was founded in 1999, data were still transferred on CD-Rs, the internet was mostly accessed via dial-up modems, and phones were used solely for phone calls. Nearly two decades later, the world is immersed in data, computation, and connected technologies, with dramatic ramifications for science and society.


GlobusWorld 2018 coincided with an important file transfer milestone: 400 petabytes of data moved between Globus endpoints via the service since 2010. But many of the talks, tutorials, and user stories focused instead on what comes after data reaches its destination. Whether it’s enabling the discovery of promising new materials, helping coordinate multi-site research projects in neuroscience and molecular biology, or facilitating campus- and country-wide storage networks, Globus is increasingly a critical behind-the-scenes partner in some of today’s most exciting science.


The University of Chicago is launching the Center for Data and Applied Computing, a research center for developing new methods in computation and data analytics and applying them to ambitious projects across the full spectrum of science and scholarship.


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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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Globus Genomics provides flexible, scalable, and easy-to-use services for sequencing analysis. It combines state-of-the-art algorithms with sophisticated data management tools, a powerful graphical workflow environment, and a cloud-based elastic computing infrastructure, to address the challenges that researchers face when dealing with large scale NGS analysis.

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The Swift parallel scripting language enables scientists, engineers, and data analysts to express and coordinate parallel invocations of application programs on distributed and parallel computing platforms: one of the dominant modes of performing computation in science and engineering.

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