Coast to Coast Seminar Series - Globus Online: Research data management as a service.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013
11:30 - 12:30

Dr. Ian Foster
University of Chicago/Argonne National Lab


Large and diverse data result in challenging data management problems that researchers and facilities are often ill-equipped to handle. I propose a new approach to these problems based on the outsourcing of research data management tasks to software-as-a-service providers. I argue that this approach can both achieve significant economies of scale and accelerate discovery by allowing researchers to focus on research rather than mundane information technology tasks. I present early results with the approach in the Globus Online data movement, synchronization, and sharing service. I describe our experiences applying Globus Online to supercomputer and experimental facility data management, and outline future work aimed at incorporating data cataloging and analysis capabilities into the framework.

About the Speaker

Ian Foster is professor of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and a Distinguished Fellow at Argonne National Laboratory. He is also Director of the Argonne-Chicago Computation Institute, a unit created to pursue the development and application of advanced computing methods for scientific discovery.