Globus workshop at Purdue Research Computing

February 13, 2014, 4:30 – 6:00 PM CST
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From Purdue's RCAC website

Easy, fast and reliable transfer and sharing of research data on and off campus with Globus is the focus of a February workshop for Purdue students, post-doctoral researchers, faculty and staff who want to learn about, and learn how to use, the Globus system.

Steve Tuecke, deputy director of the University of Chicago Computation Institute and co-founder of Globus, will give a presentation and a live demo on transferring and sharing files using Globus and Globus Connect.

The workshop will run from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 13, in Rawls Hall, Room 3058. Registration is required but there’s no charge for the event. Participants can register for the Globus Information Session by visiting the ITaP Research Computing (RCAC) training page. Lunch will be provided.

Participants should come away with a basic understanding of the capabilities in the Globus system and the knowledge needed to try it, says Verónica Vergara, a scientific applications analyst who coordinates training for ITaP Research Computing (RCAC).

Space is limited so those interested should register soon. The event is sponsored by ITaP Research Computing (RCAC). For more information, email

Globus is a cloud-based service that provides speedy, reliable and secure research data transfer and sharing with Dropbox-like simplicity through an easy-to-use graphical Web interface. By tapping fast research networks at Purdue and nationally, it can move large (or small) research data sets quickly via a robust system that lets researchers essentially submit a request and walk away.

“You don’t have to sit there and baby-sit it,” says Preston Smith, manager of research support for ITaP Research Computing (RCAC). “It’s designed to be high performance. It definitely can make your life easier.”

Globus can be used on campus, for example to move data from research storage or an instrument to one of Purdue’s community cluster supercomputers or a lab server. But it really excels at data transfer to and from campus, whether working with a national lab or collaborators in other locations. It is a prime way of managing data for use with supercomputing systems available through the National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE), in which Purdue is a partner.