Data transfer

Research Computing supports several methods of file transfers onto Summit. File transfers from a local machine can be done via two ways: Through Globus or through SSH protocols.


On Globus, file transfers are handled through an interactive web application. Globus addresses deficiencies in secure copy requests by automating large data transfers, resuming failed transfers, and simplifying the implementation of high performance transfers between computing centers.

Sign into Globus Connect by selecting “University of Colorado at Boulder” from the dropdown menu and by logging in using your CU IdentiKey and password.

  • If you’re with an institution outside of the University of Colorado at Boulder that is registered with Globus, sign in with your appropriate credentials.
  • If your institution is not registered with Globus, you will need to make an account with Globus.

Files can easily be transferred from Summit to your local computer with Globus.

  • Research Computing resources are installed with a Globus endpoint. You can connect to this endpoint by clicking the “endpoint” field and searching for the endpoint: CU Boulder Research Computing. Log into the end point by using your Research computing credentials.
  • Your local computer must also have an endpoint. You can easily set up a Globus endpoint by installing Globus Connect Personal on your local machine.

Using the web app, connect your local workstation endpoint with the Research Computing endpoint and transfer files easily using the Globus GUI.

Globus Shared Endpoints

With Globus you can share files with users outside of your organization by creating shared endpoints. You can share any file/folder that you have access to. The user you are sharing with has to have a Globus account.

To learn how to setup a shared endpoint: Globus Shared Endpoint Documentation

Secure Copy (SCP)

The Secure Copy protocol or scp allows users to send and receive data to the server remotely via a terminal command. The command appears as:

# Command to copy files from a local workstation to research computing resources

# Replace <path-to-file> with the file you wish to copy

# Replace <username> with your Research Computing username

# Replace <target_directory> with the full path to the directory you would like
# to send the file to.

scp <path-to-file> <username><target-path>
# Command to copy files from research computing resources to a local workstation

# Replace <path-to-file> with the file you wish to copy

# Replace <username> with your Research Computing username

# Replace <target_directory> with the full path to the directory you would like
# to send the file to.

scp <username><path-to-file> <target-path>

For more information on secure copy take a look at some of our listed resources or consult the man page with the command:

man scp

Secure File Transfer Protocol (SFTP)

The Secure File Transfer Protocol is an interactive terminal solution to transfer data to and from Research Computing resources. SFTP works much like moving files in a terminal, we use a series of file system commands to navigate, move, remove, and copy information from a client’s personal machine to research computing resources. To invoke SFTP type the command:

sftp <username>

We can then use various commands to traverse and manipulate both file systems. A list of commands are listed below:

Command Function Example
cd Changes the directory of the remote computer cd remote_directory
lcd Changes the directory of the local computer lcd local_directory
ls Lists the contents of the remote directory ls
lls Lists the contents of the local directory lls
pwd Prints working directory of the remote computer pwd
lpwd Prints working directory of the local computer lpwd
get Copies a file from the remote directory to the local directory get remote_file
put Copies a file from the local directory to the remote directory put local_file
exit Closes the connection to the remote computer and exits the program exit
help Displays application information on using commands help

Other Options

OIT also offers a file transfer service with a web interface which provides a good way to transfer files to collaborators. Files are uploaded to a server and a link to download the file can be emailed to an on, or off-campus, user:

DTN SSH Host Keys

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