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File Transfer Software

There are several options for choosing a software to transfer files to and from HPRC clusters. The choice is largely depending on many factors, such as size, location, transfer frequency, etc. If the data size is small (transfer time is less than an hour), just pick a software convenient/familiar to you.

Globus Connect

Globus Connect is a reliable, high-performance file transfer platform allowing users to transfer large amounts of data seamlessly between systems or endpoints. Users can schedule transfer via a web interface on globus.org and receive notification after transfer is completed. The endpoint can be systems with Globus installed (like ada-ftn1) or user's personal desktop.

What Globus Connect is good at

  • transfer large amount of data (say 100+ GB)
  • it's fast (utilizing up to 4 data streams); as fast as the slowest link from your server/desktop/laptop to HPRC fast transfer nodes
  • resume for failed transfers
  • receive notification after a scheduled transfer is completed

What Globus Connect is not good at

  • your server or desktop/laptop must have Globus Connect software installed and setup as an endpoint
  • it will not work if your files are on a server behind a firewall (not reachable from internet)
  • by default, data stream is not encrypted

How do I use Globus Connect

  • visit Globus Connect wiki page for more information
  • use endpoints: "TAMU ada-ftn1" or "TAMU ada-ftn2" for Ada/Curie cluster and "TAMU terra-ftn" for Terra cluster


SCP and SFTP protocols are a means of securely transferring computer files between a local host and a remote host.

What SCP/SFTP is good at

  • ubiquitous; simple to use
  • sftp offers an interactive interface (command line) to download/upload files
  • data stream is encrypted

What SCP/SFTP is not good at

  • not very fast (file transfer only uses one data stream over SSH protocol)

How do I use SCP/SFTP

  • you can use command line on Linux, Mac or MobaXterm terminal to issue scp/sftp command
  • use WinSCP on Windows, FileZilla on Windows or Mac, or use File Transfer panel on MobaXterm
  • use "ada-ftn1.tamu.edu" or "ada-ftn2.tamu.edu" for Ada/Curie and "terra-ftn.hprc.tamu.edu" for Terra if your data transfer to Ada or Terra login nodes (ada.tamu.edu or terra.tamu.edu) is terminated after one hour; Ada/Terra login nodes have one hour CPU limit for all user processes.
  • check scp man page and sftp man page for options and examples


rsync is a fast, versatile, remote (and local) file-copying tool and recommended when relatively few differences exist between target and source versions, because rsync copies only the differences of files that have actually changed. By default, rsync uses the SSH remote shell.

What rsync is good at

  • resume file transfer for partial transferred file
  • synchronize files/dirs of two directories (local-local, local-remote, remote-local)
  • by default, transfer is over SSH protocol, so data stream is encrypted

What rsync is not good at

  • by default, files transferred over SSH which uses only one data stream and not very fast

How do I use rsync


rclone is a tool for syncing files from HPRC systems to remote storage sites like Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon's AWS and many more.

What rclone is good at

  • copy data to or from cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox, AWS, etc)

What rclone is not good at

  • transfer can be be slow

How do I use rclone

  • rclone is available on ada, terra and HPRC Lab workstations. No module is required for any of them
  • reference rclone wiki page for instructions and examples

Other Considerations

  • Should I use FTN or login nodes?

For short file transfer (less than one hour), either one would work. For transfer time over 1 hour, please use FTN node (ada-ftn1.tamu.edu and ada-ftn2.tamu.edu for Ada/Curie cluster; terra-ftn.hprc.tamu.edu for Terra cluster), which does not have one hour CPU process time limit.

  • Why the file transfer takes so long?
  • I want to back up files to my desktop/laptop.
  • I have 100+ TB data to transfer.