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Ever more data- and compute-intensive science makes computing increasingly important for research. But for advanced computing infrastructure to benefit more than the scientific 1%, we need new delivery methods that slash access costs, new sustainability models beyond direct research funding, and new platform capabilities to accelerate the development of new, interoperable tools and services.
The Globus team has been working towards these goals since 2010. We have developed software-as-a-service methods that move complex and time-consuming research IT tasks out of the lab and into the cloud, thus greatly reducing the expertise and resources required to use them. We have demonstrated a subscription-based funding model that engages research institutions in supporting service operations. And we are now also showing how the platform services that underpin Globus applications can accelerate the development and use of an integrated ecosystem of advanced science applications, such as NCAR’s Research Data Archive and OSG Connect, thus enabling access to powerful data and compute resources by many more people than is possible today.
In this talk, I introduce Globus services and the underlying Globus platform. I present representative applications and discuss opportunities that this platform presents for both small science and large facilities.