Pangeo + Globus Labs Meeting and Discussion

This thread is to organize an informal meeting between folks from Pangeo and folks from Globus Labs to discuss potential areas of collaboration and common interests around open science

Globus Labs

Globus Labs is a research group led by Prof. Ian Foster and Dr. Kyle Chard that spans the Department of Computer Science at the University of Chicago and the Data Science and Learning Division at Argonne National Laboratory. Our modest goal is to realize a world in which all research data are reliably, rapidly, and securely accessible, discoverable, and usable . To this end, we work on a broad range of research problems in data-intensive computing and research data management.

I have been in contact with both Ian and Ben Blaiszik, who shared that they are beginning to work on some projects in the weather / climate space. This work involves MODIS, CMIP6, and processing large volumes of data on the Argonne supercomputers. Overall I get the impression that our communities share similar aims and values around open science, so I am eager to stimulate some dialog!

A particular project of relevance is Foundry

Foundry is a Python package that simplifies the discovery and usage of machine-learning ready datasets and published models in materials science and chemistry. We provide software tools that make it easy to load datasets and work with them in local or cloud environments and to perform inference using published ML models.

Ben shared these slides about some work that they have done using Foundry in materials science research workflows that are pretty inspiring.

This work has some parallels with Pangeo and Pangeo Forge in particular. From the Pangeo side, we have discussed leveraging Globus’ file transfer technology several times:

but have not yet managed to integrate well.

Meeting Goals and Agenda

The goal of the meeting is to raise mutual awareness of what the each project is doing and identify possible areas of collaboration. With that in mind, I would suggest an agenda that looks something like this:

  • Brief presentations (< 10 min) from each group to introduce the broader aims.
  • Deeper dive into specific projects (5 min presentation each)
    • Pangeo Forge
    • Foundry
  • Open discussion (30 min)

If you are interested in participating in such a meeting, please fill out this poll for the week of March 21. (If this week is not good, let me know and we can try something else.)


Note: I will leave this poll up through Wed, Mar. 16 (weekly Pangeo telecon). After that we will pick a time and announce it here…

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Ok the meeting is confirmed for Wednesday, March 23, 2pm ET.

I did not have email for most folks, here is a calendar event you can add to your schedule:

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Note I mistakenly said Thursday, but in fact the consensus time was Wednesday. The invitation has been corrected.

I’m looking forward to this meeting today.

I’ve put an agenda up here:

Anyone should feel free to add any topics they want to address.

Thanks everyone for the great meeting. Here were a couple of different collaboration ideas that we discussed.


I opened this issue to follow up on the Foundry-in-geoscience discussion: