Spotted this new protocol on physorg.com
New technology enables high-speed data transfer
June 18th, 2009
GridFTP, a protocol developed by researchers at Argonne National Laboratory, has been used to transfer unprecedented amounts of data over the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), which provides a reliable, high-performance communications infrastructure to facilitate large-scale, collaborative science endeavors.
GridFTP is a high-performance, secure, reliable data transfer protocol optimized for high-bandwidth wide-area networks. It is based upon the Internet FTP protocol, and it implements extensions for high-performance operation that were either already specified in the FTP specification but not commonly implemented or that were proposed as extensions by our team. The current GridFTP protocol specification is now a "proposed recommendation" document in the Global Grid Forum (GFD-R-P.020).
GridFTP uses basic Grid security on both control (command) and data channels. Other features include multiple data channels for parallel transfers, partial file transfers, third-party (direct server-to-server) transfers, reusable data channels, and command pipelining.
Developed by: The Globus Alliance
Distributions: Globus Toolkit 4.0, NMI-R7
It has been test for:
- i386 Linux
- ia64 Linux (TeraGrid)
- AIX 5.2
- Solaris 9
- PA-RISC HP/UX 11.11
- ia64 HP/UX 11.22
- Tru64 Unix
- Mac OS X