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Building the Modern Research Data Portal (Separate registration required)

Time 09/25/16 08:00AM-12:00PM

Room Hibiscus

Session Abstract


New high-speed networks make it possible, in principle, to transfer and share research data at tremendous speeds and scales--but have also proved challenging to use in practice. Two new technologies now allow us to translate this potential into reality: Science DMZ architectures provide frictionless end-to-end network paths; and Globus APIs allow programmers to create powerful research data portals that leverage these paths for data distribution, staging, synchronization, and other useful purposes.

In this workshop, we use real-world examples to show how these new technologies can be applied to realize immediately useful capabilities. Examples include the National Center for Atmospheric Research’s Research Data Archive, which provides for high-speed delivery of research data to thousands of geoscientists; the Globus data portal, which provides for interactive data staging to/from experimental facilities and computing centers, and the publication of data generated at such facilities and centers; and the Advanced Photon Source data sharing system, used to distribute data from light source experiments. We explain how the Globus APIs provide intuitive access to authentication and authorization capabilities using existing credentials (e.g. via an InCommon member's identity provider, Google, or other third party IdP). We will also demonstrate how federated identities are used by the Globus to simplify sharing of massive data sets and to support high-performance, secure file transfer over the WAN.

We will also demonstrate how the Globus Platform-as-a-Service can be combined with high-speed networks and Science DMZs as a research data platform that enables developers to create entirely new classes of scientific applications.

This tutorial will include a combination of presentation, demonstration, and hands-on exercises. Attendees will develop an understanding of key identity management concepts as they are applied to data management across the research lifecycle, and will be exposed to tools and techniques for implementing these concepts in their own systems.


Speaker Vas Vasiliadis University of Chicago

Primary track Trust and Identity

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