A share of a prestigious award, a demo of a new research data portal, and a plenary talk are among the highlights of CI research at this week’s SC17 Supercomputing conference in Denver, CO.


Two new research divisions at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Argonne National Laboratory will focus its lab-wide foundational expertise on computational science and data science activities. The new Data Science and Learning Division, led by CI Senior Fellow Ian Foster, and the Computational Science Division will enhance lab-wide, cross-cutting capabilities to enable new scientific knowledge and insight in a wide range of disciplines.


The OpenStack platform is a key player in the cloud computing present, while the CI's Chameleon project is concerned with cloud computing's future, offering a testbed for researchers to try out experimental architectures and applications. But a recent intersection between the two projects led to an exciting outcome, as a component called Blazar revived by Chameleon developers was recently voted an official component by the OpenStack Technical Committee.


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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 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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The Globus Toolkit is open-source software for building grids. Its core services, interfaces, and protocols enable federation of distributed computing and storage resources spanning multiple security and administrative domains. With a Globus grid, users can access remote resources seamlessly and securely, while preserving local control.

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