Research Data Transfers and Management

What Is It?

Globus is a platform designed to transfer and manage large amounts of data quickly and reliably across the web. Using this service, researchers can move, share, sync, and discover data via a convenient web interface.

Other Service Names

Globus, Research Network


ACER provides a Data Transfer Node (DTN) service for large-scale data exchanges between UIC and the research community at large. The DTN is linked to a pool of more than 10,000 data storage systems (called "endpoints") which are accessible through the Globus data management service.  Using the Globus Connect Personal desktop application, researchers can initiate and manage high-speed GridFTP transfers between eligible academic, government, and commercial computing facilities.


A valid UIC NetID is required to request access.

Note that Globus and the associated Data Sharing platform (DTN) are not approved for use with sensitive or protected datasets (e.g. FERPA or PHI/HIPPA) and any requests to use Globus to transfer such data will be denied. Researchers who need to share sensitive data should send an email detailing the request to  We will then work with you and the Institutional Review Board to find an approved alternative.

Who Is Eligible To Use It?

All UIC faculty and staff can request access to the DTN on behalf of themselves or sponsored students. Once provisioned access, users can use the uicacer#dtn endpoint to store their data on ACER’s high-performance storage filesystem. Researchers who do not have accounts on any of our research computing systems can store their data temporarily on our filesystem for up to 30 days. For more information please visit the ACER Globus and the Data Transfer Node webpage.

Where Can I Get It?

Select the Request Access button located on this page.

How Do I Use It?

Review our instructions for using Globus Personal Connect. [Note: You will need to connect to the UIC VPN prior to accessing this URL].

How Much Does It Cost?

This service is funded by the University; there are no direct costs to clients.

How Can I Get Support?

If you are experiencing a problem with this service, please report it. If you just have a question, feel free to ask us.

Service Levels

Service Request Fulfillment Time Variable fulfillment time; based on the nature of the request.
Incident Resolution Time Under 10 business days unless vendors have to perform significant hardware replacements or software refreshes.
Service Availability 24x7
Maintenance Window(s)

Approved Technology Solutions maintenance window(s)

First Tuesday of each month: starting at 9:00 am with 48 hours duration.

Service Notification Channel(s) IT Service Notices
Request Access


Service ID: 420
Mon 12/21/20 7:38 PM
Sun 6/26/22 2:17 AM
Service Owner
This person is accountable for the overall performance of this service. This is not a support contact.
Service Review Date
Date of the most recent review of this service.