Globus capabilities available to all users of NSF ACCESS cyberinfrastructure

January 03, 2023   |  Rachana Ananthakrishnan

When XSEDE, NSF’s national cyberinfrastructure from 2011 to 2021, was first established, it subscribed to the then-new Globus data transfer service to provide a universal data fabric spanning XSEDE resource providers. This collaboration played a vital role in bootstrapping the Globus service and also allowed Globus to meet expanding XSEDE needs for data services over the following decade, as evidenced by the 16.7 PB transferred to or from XSEDE resources by more than 1,300 researchers in 2021 alone.

In June 2022, NSF established a new collaborative project, ACCESS, to operate NSF’s cyberinfrastructure. The transition from XSEDE to ACCESS has involved some changes in the operating model, but core Globus capabilities for data transfer and access continue to be available to all researchers, including those who use ACCESS. Information on using Globus with ACCESS resources is provided on the wiki, in addition to the Globus documentation.

Premium Globus features (such as data sharing and managed task orchestration) will be available to all ACCESS-allocated resources, and users for the first year of the project, under the ACCESS subscription. And thanks to the strong support of ACCESS resource providers, most of whom have established Globus subscriptions at their institutions, these premium features will continue to be available on most ACCESS resources, as detailed on this helpful web page.

Globus today has more than 300,000 registered users and is operated as essential infrastructure at thousands of research institutions worldwide. Sustainability is core to the Globus mission. To this end, secure, reliable file transfer capabilities are available to all researchers at no cost, and support from over 200 subscribing institutions ensures continued operations and development of enhanced functionality. We are excited that the NSF community can continue to leverage Globus capabilities to advance research and education in the new ACCESS era.

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