Evaluating and Enhancing the Use of the GridFTP Protocol for Efficient Data Transfer on the Grid

  • Mario Cannataro
  • Carlo Mastroianni
  • Domenico Talia
  • Paolo Trunfio
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 2840)


Grid applications often require large data transfers along heterogeneous networks having different latencies and bandwidths, therefore efficient support for data transfer is a key issue in Grid computing. The paper presents a performance evaluation of the GridFTP protocol along some typical network scenarios, giving indications and rules of thumb useful to select the “best” GridFTP parameters. Following some recent approaches that make use of experimental results to optimize data transfers, the paper presents a simple algorithm that suggests the “best” GridFTP parameters for a required transfer session on the basis of historical file transfer data.


Data Transfer File Size File Transfer Large File Grid Application 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Mario Cannataro
    • 1
  • Carlo Mastroianni
    • 2
  • Domenico Talia
    • 3
  • Paolo Trunfio
    • 3
  1. 1.University “Magna Græcia” of CatanzaroCatanzaroItaly
  2. 2.ICAR-CNRRendeItaly
  3. 3.University of CalabriaRendeItaly

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