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Globus is a utility (technically, SaaS, or Software as a Service) which among others allows file transfer between personal computers and HPC clusters. It is particularly useful for fast and reliable transfer of very large files, as well as a large number of small files.

In order to avail yourself of Globus, you must first create an account (including your user name and password) by going to To transfer data to/from the HPC clusters, submit our request form to join Columbia's Globus subscription group (you will need to log in first - new users should select Columbia University from the drop-down). Email [email protected] with any questions.

Globus moves data between "endpoints". An endpoint is a unique name representing a Globus resource like a computer or a cluster, typically in the following format: <globus-username>#<machine name>. The endpoints for the resources you'll be using for transferring data need to be added to your account.