2012 R&D 100 Winner
Globus Online addresses a central problem in the emerging world of big data research: moving large quantities of information reliably, efficiently, and securely among data centers, scientific facilities, research laboratories, and supercomputing sites. The software-as-a-service offering provides an intuitive Web interface, command line interface for scripted file transfers, and a programmatic interface (using REST concepts) that enables Globus Online functionality to be integrated into other applications.
Developed by the Computation Institute – University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, Chicago, the service features "file-and-forget" data movement capabilities. Once a user initiates a file transfer, the service handles the details of authenticating with the source and destination systems, configures the endpoints based on the number and size of files to be transferred, monitors progress, re-tries transfers following transient failures, and notifies the user of status changes.
To use, a researcher logs into the system using a Web browser, selects the files to be moved and a destination, and clicks a button to initiate the transfer. Globus Online coordinates a complex environment with multiple elements including GridFTP configurations, security domains, and network connectivity, handling transfers across multiple security domains with multiple user identities. The client solves the “last mile” problem in file transfer, providing a click-to-install client that creates an endpoint on the user’s machine or scientific instrument.
Data transfer service
|(Standing, l-r): Jeremy Archer, Kristi Hamilton, Vytas Cuplinskas, Rachana Ananthakrishnan, Lukasz Lacinski, Michael Link, Kyle Chard, Raj Kettimuthu, Dan Morgan, Stuart Martin, Jean-Paul Navarro, Bryce Allen, Steve Tuecke, Alex Kordas, Matt Lee, Ian Foster, Eric Blau, Rahul Mehta, Mike Wild, Josh Bryan, Justin Wozniak, Jack Kordas, Peter Fein, Vas Vasiliadis
(Seated): Mattias Lidman, Jonathan Portugal, Lisa Childers, Julie Wulf-Knoerzer, Patricia Perozo, Peter Hadlaw
(Front row): Bo Liu, Karl Pickett, Teresa Sutton, Gigi Rohder, Ravi Madduri, Paul Dave
The Globus Online Development Team from Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Chicago
Ian Foster, Principal Developer