Globus Connect

Globus Connect is a fast and robust file transfer service that allows users to quickly move large amounts of data between computer clusters and even to and from personal workstations.  This service has been made available for Swan, and Attic. HCC users are encouraged to use Globus Connect for their larger data transfers as an alternative to slower and more error-prone methods such as scp and winSCP. 

Globus Connect Advantages

  • Dedicated transfer servers on Swan, and Attic allow large amounts of data to be transferred quickly between sites.

  • A user can install Globus Connect Personal on his or her workstation to enable data transfer to and from one of the HCC sites.

  • Globus will notify users via email when their transfer has completed.

  • Users can share data with other researchers (both NU and non-NU affiliated).

  • Globus’ simple web interface makes data transfers and sharing easy for users to initiate and manage. 

Getting Started

Users must first sign up for an account on the Globus Connect website or may use their NU credentials to sign in without creating a separate Globus ID.  Accounts are free and grant users access to any Globus collection for which they are authorized.  A collection is simply a file system to or from which a user transfers files.  All HCC users are authorized to access their own /home, /work, and /common directories on Swan via the Globus collections (named: hcc#swan).  Those who have leased Attic storage allocation can access their /attic directories via the Globus collection hcc#attic. To initialize or activate the collection, users will be required to enter their HCC username, password, and Duo credentials for authentication.  The steps involved in activating collections and making data transfers are detailed in the following links. Please contact us at if you encounter any difficulties.

Usage Instructions

If you wish, you may use the Globus Command Line Interface instead of the web interface.