Getting started with an existing PetaLibrary allocation

The PetaLibrary is a National Science Foundation-subsidized service for the storage, archival, and sharing of research data, housed in the Space Sciences data center at CU-Boulder. It provides both active (disk) and archive (disk+tape HSM) storage for a modest fee to any US-based researcher affiliated with the University of Colorado Boulder, and supports Globus / GridFTP for convenient high-performance data transfer into and out of the PetaLibrary.

Complete the End User Agreement, request access

Access to the PetaLibrary is moderated by an End User Agreement, included as APPENDIX A in the PetaLibrary Memorandum of Understanding. Complete this form and the Order Form (APPENDIX B), and send them both to

Have the PetaLibrary allocation owner contact to grant you access.

Get a Globus account

Sign up for an account at, the recommended high-performance mechanism for transferring data in and out of the PetaLibraty. Once you have a account, you can (optionally) associate your CU IdentiKey with your account: from the SignIn page, follow the "alternate login" link and select "InCommon" from the available choices.

Install Globus Connect

Download and install Globus Connect Personal, which serves as a Globus endpoint on your local workstation. (Globus Connect is available for Mac Os X, Linux, and Windows.)

With Globus Connect running, you can transfer data between your local workstation (e.g., your laptop or desktop) and The PetaLibrary using the web interface.

  1. Log in to
  2. Use the Manage Endpoints interface to “add Globus Connect Personal” as an endpoint. (More information at support.)
  3. Transfer Files, using your new workstation endpoint for one side of the transfer, the Research Computing endpoint (colorado#gridftp) for the other side. (You will be required to authenticate to the Research Computing endpoint using your RC account and OTP.)

Next steps

Now that you can access your PetaLibrary storage and transfer files, you may want to read a bit more from the User Guide.