December 8, 2015 | Rachana Ananthakrishnan

The number of endpoints available in Globus has increased significantly, motivating a better solution for users to find the endpoints they need and use on a regular basis. With our latest release, we have improved the 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 Manage Endpoints page and selecting the "Overview" tab for your endpoint.

Endpoint attributes tab

We're really excited about the new endpoint search interface. This is now 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.

Endpoint search dialog

You can bookmark an endpoint by clicking on the star next to the endpoint name. When creating a bookmark, you can also set the path/directory and provide a familiar name that can be used when searching for the endpoint (see Figure 2). Note that bookmarks are private to each user and not visible to other Globus users.

Endpoint bookmark

To enable these enhanced features we've changed the naming convention used for endpoints. On the Transfer Files page users will now see the endpoint's display name, as well as other attributes set by the endpoint administrator. We will continue to support the legacy naming scheme of user_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).