What is an Enterprise Data Transfer Node?
An Enterprise Data Transfer Node (Enterprise DTN) enables researchers to use a Web browser to securely and conveniently transfer data files between their laptop, lab server, local research computing facilities, national supercomputing facilities, or almost any other storage system. The Enterprise DTN was developed and implemented as the first service available on the ScienceDMZ.
Designed for Campus Research Computing
Pitt’s Enterprise DTN provides data transfer service using Globus Connect Server and Globus Online. Globus is used by researchers around the world to move data between endpoints. The Enterprise DTN leverages Globus software to provide faculty and researchers a convenient and effective way to transfer data files to and from Pitt high-performance computing (HPC) resources.
The Enterprise DTN provides a number of important benefits:
- Rapid creation of Globus endpoints
- Works seamlessly with the University’s InCommon federated identification architecture, enabling use of your University Computing Account username and password to authenticate and enabling non-Pitt collaborators the flexibility to use their own institution’s login credentials
- Easier data sharing with other institutions by integrating two powerful file transfer tools: Globus Connect Server and Globus Online
- Dedicated hardware for transferring data
- Leverages the University’s Science DMZ, which is built to provide high-speed bandwidth to the University’s high-performance computing resources at the University Data Center
Who can use the Enterprise DTN?
Pitt researchers and collaborators who are affiliated with the Center for Simulation and Modeling (SaM) can use the Enterprise DTN to move data to and from the University’s high-performance computing resources at the University Data Center. The Enterprise DTN is available to researchers at all Pitt campuses. Collaborators outside of the University of Pittsburgh may also take advantage of the Enterprise DTN as long as they have an account with SaM.
Where can data be transferred?
Currently, the SaM high-performance computing cluster is the only Pitt resource to which the Enterprise DTN is connected. Data may be transferred from the SaM cluster to another endpoint, or from an endpoint to the SaM cluster.
If you are interested in transferring data elsewhere, we encourage you to contact the Technology Help Desk at 412-624-HELP  so that someone from our team can reach out to you to discuss your needs in more detail.
Is there a cost to use the Enterprise DTN?
No. There is no cost to use the University’s Enterprise DTN.
How do I get started?
Researchers interested in taking advantage of the Enterprise DTN to transfer data will find detailed documentation and help resources at http://core.sam.pitt.edu/globusonline.
Note: If you already have a Globus Online login, you will need to perform a one-time mapping of that account to your University of Pittsburgh computing account. Detailed instructions are available on the core.sam site referenced above.