Globus (previously Globus Online) is a web service designed to help with large data transfer between data centers. Here are some of the advantages compared to traditional data transfer tools:
- Globus is a frontend to gridftp servers, which are designed to maximize transfer rates between sites. It is therefore sometimes possible to reach higher transfer rates than would be possible with tools such as scp.
- Data transfer through Globus do not require user assitance. When the transfer is completed, Globus sends an email to the user. If there is a problem during the transfer, Globus will retry automatically a number of times.
- Globus provides a drag-and-drop user interface which eliminates the need for command line interface.
How does it work
To use Globus, you first need to create a user account on their website. Once this is done, you will be able to choose between a large number of endpoints between which you will be transfering data. Once the endpoints chosen, you will require to provide connection information to Globus so it can connect to the server.
Endpoints at Calcul Québec
Briarée, Colosse, Guillimin, Mammouth-Mp2 and Mammouth-Ms2 provide Globus endpoints at Calcul Québec. For the name of the endpoints and the connection instructions, see #Server-specific documentation.
Personal endpoint: Globus Connect Personal
Globus Connect is a package containing the components required to create an endpoint on any computer. Globus Connect Personal creates an endpoint on Linux, Mac OSX or Windows to which a single user can connect.
Server specific documentation