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NCSA’s CILogon Selected for Incommon Catalyst Program

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Internet2, a community providing cloud solutions, research support, and services tailored for research and education, announced the launch of the InCommon Catalyst Program aimed at supporting higher education institutions, research organizations, and sponsored partners with enabling better security, access to services, and user experience through InCommon’s integrated service and software solutions.

CILogon, at the National Center for Supercomputing Applications, is one of the eight inaugural InCommon Catalysts. The CILogon team members at NCSA are Jeff Gaynor, Jim Basney, Scott Koranda, and Terry Fleury.

NCSA’s CILogon provides an integrated open source identity and access management platform for research and scholarship collaborations, combining federated identity management (using Shibboleth) with collaborative organization management (using COmanage). CILogon enables researchers to log on to cyberinfrastructure (CI) using their home organization identities to access research applications, rather than requiring yet another username and password. Developed with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Energy, CILogon now operates under a non-profit subscription model administered by NCSA at the University of Illinois.

The InCommon Federation and InCommon Trusted Access Platform are at the foundation of CILogon,” said Jim Basney, Principal Research Scientist and CILogon project lead at NCSA. “The new Catalyst program will help us build new connections and strengthen existing relationships within the InCommon community.

Jim Basney, NCSA Principal Research Scientist and CILogon Project Lead

Read more about Internet2 and the InCommon Catalyst Program.


The National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign provides supercomputing and advanced digital resources for the nation’s science enterprise. At NCSA, University of Illinois faculty, staff, students and collaborators from around the globe use these resources to address research challenges for the benefit of science and society. NCSA has been advancing many of the world’s industry giants for over 35 years by bringing industry, researchers and students together to solve grand challenges at rapid speed and scale.

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