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Globus is the recommended way to move significant amounts of data between NERSC and other sites. Globus addresses many of the common challenges faced by researchers in moving, sharing, and archiving large volumes of data. With Globus, you hand-off data movement tasks to a hosted service that manages the entire operation, monitoring performance and errors, retrying failed transfers, correcting problems automatically whenever possible, and reporting status to keep you informed while you focus on your research. Visit for documentation on its easy to use web interface and its versatile REST/API for building scripted tasks and operations.


Globus is available as a free service that any user can access. You can log into Globus web interface with your NERSC credentials (by selecting NERSC in the drop down menu of supported identity providers) or using many of the other supported providers listed that you can authenticate against. NERSC maintains several Globus endpoints that can be activated for individual use by any NERSC user. The list of endpoints are provided in the table below.

Endpoint Name Description Recommended Use
NERSC DTN Multi-node, high performance transfer system with access to all NERSC Global File systems (NGF) as well as Cori Scratch Almost all data transfers needs into & out of NERSC
NERSC HPSS Single node system connected directly to the NERSC HPSS tape archive Remote transfers into & out of HPSS
NERSC Edison Single node system connected to NGF and uniquely to the Edison scratch file system Only recommended for access to Edison scratch
NERSC Cori Originally a dual-node system needed for accessing the Cori scratch file system. The endpoint is the same as NERSC DTN Use NERSC DTN instead
NERSC DTN-JGI Single node system that was used to access JGI-specific file systems, which are now connected to the NERSC DTN servers. Use NERSC DTN instead


To transfer files into/out of your laptop or desktop computer, you can install a Globus connect (personal) server to configure an endpoint on your personal device.


Connection Errors Between NERSC and other endpoint

If you are getting errors that you cannot connect to the NERSC endpoint after you've activated it, please check with your system administrator that they are not blocking the IP of the NERSC host (you can find this information in the error message of the Activity pane on the globus web page). If they are not, please open a ticket with the IP address of the other endpoint and we will investigate further.

Trouble Activating a NERSC Endpoint

If you are having trouble activating a NERSC endpoint, please try logging into NIM to clear your authentication failures. If that still doesn't fix the issue, please open a ticket with the error and we'll investigate further.