13
Jun
2018

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.

30
Apr
2018

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.

06
Apr
2018

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.

14
Nov
2017

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.

10
Nov
2017

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.

24
Oct
2017

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.

20
Sep
2017

​Services Layer At The Edge (SLATE), a new $4 million project funded by the National Science Foundation and led by a team from the Enrico Fermi and Computation Institutes at University of Chicago, will provide technology that simplifies connecting university and laboratory data center capabilities to the national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem, enabling global research collaboration.

06
Sep
2017

For decades, fierce debates have raged over the benefits of different programming languages over others: Java vs. C++; Python vs. Ruby; Flask vs. Django. While often waged with religious fervor by computer scientists and programmers, these debates tend to rely on anecdotal evidence, with very little rigorous comparison of programming approaches or the larger question of how software may augment human thinking.

05
Sep
2017

A new grant from the National Science Foundation extends the Chameleon cloud computing testbed for another three years, allowing the project led by University of Chicago and Computation Institute scientists to enter its next phase of computer science innovation. Upgrades to hardware and services as well as new features will help scientists rigorously test new cloud computing platforms and networking protocols.

31
Aug
2017

Globus, the leading research data management service, today announced general availability of Globus for Google Drive, a new capability that lets users seamlessly connect Google Drive with their existing storage ecosystem, enabling a single interface for data transfer, sharing and publication across all storage systems.