Audience 04


Ian Foster,
Argonne National Laboratory & Professor at the University of Chicago


We're Smarter than we Think: Accelerating Discovery by Outsourcing the Mundane


Whitehead observed that "civilization advances by extending the number of important operations which we can perform without thinking of them." I propose that commercial cloud computing can allow us to accelerate dramatically the pace of discovery by removing a range of mundane but timeconsuming tasks from our consciousness. I describe the Globus Online system that we are developing to explore these possibilities, and propose milestones for evaluating progress towards smarter science.


Dr. Ian Foster is Director of the Computation Institute, a joint institute of the University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory. He is also an Argonne Senior Scientist and Distinguished Fellow, and the Arthur Holly Compton Distinguished Service Professor of Computer Science at U.Chicago. His research deals with distributed, parallel, and data-intensive computing technologies, and innovative applications of those technologies to scientific problems. He has led the development of methods and software that underpin many large national and international cyberinfrastructures. Dr. Foster is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Association for Computing Machinery, and the British Computer Society. His awards include the British Computer Society's Lovelace Medal, honorary doctorates from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and CINVESTAV, Mexico, and the IEEE Tsutomu Kanai award.