Globus Endpoint Search

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Improved Endpoint Search

The number of endpoints available in Globus has increased as more scientific users enable data sharing, motivating a better solution for users to find the endpoints they need and use on a regular basis. With the Fall 2015 release of Globus, there is an improved ability to discover endpoints by allowing users to search for an endpoint using attributes such as name and organization, and to bookmark frequently­ used endpoints.

Globus now allows endpoint administrators to provide additional information about their endpoint, including a user ­defined display name, organization and department names, contact information, and search keywords. All of this information can be used to search and find endpoints of interest.

An important call­ to ­action: ​If you're an endpoint administrator, we urge you to update your endpoint definitions as soon as possible. At minimum, we suggest you add a description and contact information to make it easier for users to find your endpoints. This information can be updated by going to the ​"M​anage Endpoints" page​ and selecting the "Overview" tab for the endpoint.

This new search is the default way to find endpoints, and also lists recently used endpoints and bookmarks to choose from. Beyond search and bookmarks, the "Recently Used" tab lists all endpoints used in the last 90 days.

It is possible to bookmark an endpoint by clicking on the star next to the endpoint name. When creating a bookmark, it is also possible to set the path/directory and provide a familiar name that can be used when searching for the endpoint. Note that bookmarks are private to each user and not visible to other Globus users.

To enable these enhanced features the naming convention used for endpoints has changed. On the​ T​ransfer Files page​ users will now see the endpoint's display name, as well as other attributes set by the endpoint administrator.  Globus will continue to support the legacy naming scheme of u​ser_name#endpoint_name,​but from this point forward an endpoint is uniquely identified by the combination of display name and owner (endpoints also have globally unique identifiers for reference purposes).