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Please note that the Globus Toolkit announcement referenced in this news item does not affect XSEDE’s use of Globus file transfer and sharing cloud service (SaaS), Globus Auth identity and access management service, or the Globus Connect products.
The Globus team at the University of Chicago stopped development of the Globus Toolkit at the end of 2017 and “plans to stop providing security patches by the end of 2018”: https://github.com/globus/globus-toolkit/blob/globus_6_branch/support-changes.md. XSEDE uses Globus Toolkit components in day-to-day operations. XCI began developing plans in response to this significant announcement in 2017. The XSEDE plan consists of the following key steps: 1) confirm that we will continue to receive support from Globus for our current Globus Toolkit services as we modernize them (this has been done); 2) add replacement services that use: (a) newer mechanisms, or (b) the original mechanisms with support provided elsewhere (this is in progress); and 3) monitor how and why the original services continue to be used and assist their users to transition to the replacement services (this is in progress). For more details please see the Community Software Repository announcement.
A collaboration between the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) and XCI has created a pilot portal at UIUC that enables campus researchers to discover technology resources (e.g., infrastructure, software services, professional services, training) available from their local campus and from research infrastructures like XSEDE. In the first phase of this collaboration, XSEDE created a cross-institutional catalog of resource information, enabled mirroring of campus resource catalogs in the cross-institutional resource catalog, and provided a programming interface for campuses to build cross-institutional resource discovery into their local research portals. Building on XSEDE’s cross-institutional catalog, UIUC released a new UIUC Research IT discovery portal in March of 2018. In the second phase of, UIUC researchers will be able to use this portal to discover resources offered by the XSEDE program. XSEDE and UIUC are looking for new campus collaborators who would like to provide their campus researchers the ability to discover resources outside their institution. If you are interested in bringing this capability to your campus, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
We want your software ideas! If you have ideas on new software and software based services that would help you use cyber infrastructure more effectively, or how XSEDE could improve existing software and services, please send them to email@example.com. The mission of the XSEDE Cyberinfrastructure Integration (XCI) team is to enable users to leverage national CI using advanced software and services. We look forward to your input.