W16. Dealing with Instrument Data at Scale: Challenges and Solutions

TUESDAY, APRIL 21 | 12:30 - 3:30 PM


Instruments including cryo-EM systems, light sheet microscopes, gene sequencers, and X-ray beam lines play a critical role in biomedical research, where discovery is driven by analysis of increasingly large datasets. Managing the data generated by these instruments is complicated and time-consuming, presenting challenges for both the facilities who operate the instruments and the researchers who use them. Instrument facilities want data off their machines as quickly as possible, and require management tools that can scale to many users with very large datasets; they also need automation capabilities to offload routine data management tasks, saving time and money. And researchers just want their data as quickly as possible, so they can get to the job of analyzing the data, sharing it with collaborators, and publishing it to communities and data repositories. The common need is end-to-end solutions that streamline data management throughout the research data lifecycle. In this workshop, we will demonstrate a fast and reliable way to address these challenges via Globus.


  • Common instrument data management challenges, with a dissection of the key pressure points that need solving
  • Using Globus to securely address these needs across the lifecycle including migration, sharing, auditing, archiving, automation, publication, and discovery
  • Demonstration of Globus in action
  • Integrating Globus capabilities into applications, including code walk-through and examples with Jupyter notebooks
  • Real-world examples of users applying Globus to solve their instrument data management challenges


Ananthakrishnan_RachanaRachana Ananthakrishnan, Head, Products, Globus, University of Chicago

Rachana Ananthakrishnan is a Product Manager at the Computation Institute in the University of Chicago, and has a Staff Appointment at Argonne National Laboratory. Rachana works for the Globus project, designing and building secure data management solutions for researchers across domains, and help shape the services and offerings of the team. She has worked on security and data management solutions on various projects including Earth System Grid, Biomedical Informatics Research Network (BIRN) and XSEDE. Prior to this, she worked on the Globus Toolkit engineering team, leading the efforts in web services and security technologies. Rachana received her MS in Computer Science at Indiana University, Bloomington.

Ananthakrishnan_RachanaBrigitte Raumann, Product Manager, Globus, University of Chicago

Brigitte Raumann earned her Ph.D. in biology from MIT and was formerly Associate Director of Product Science at Incyte Genomics, Inc. After working for several years in educational multi-media, she has returned to field of genomics as Program Manager in the Initiative in Biomedical Informatics at the University of Chicago..

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