Welcome to the GFFS in Europe, hosted at the LMU (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität) in Munich, Germany.

Anyone in Europe can use to share resources of various types (compute resources, data resources, and group and identity resources). See here for more details on what kind of resources can be shared.

Start using

1) The first step toward using the is to get an identity. There are four ways to acquire a identity.

  • Option 1) Request that create an identity for you. You will need to provide an email address and an educational, research or commercial institution with which you are affiliated.
  • Option 2) Use an existing XSEDE portal ID. You will need to provide your XSEDE user id (BUT NOT YOUR PASSWORD).
  • Option 3) If your institution operates a Kerberos realm, you can request a identity bound to your Kerberos ID. You will need to provide your Kerberos ID (BUT NOT YOUR PASSWORD). Additionally, you will need to provide the Kerberos realm of your institution as well as the hostname of your institution's Kerberos server.
  • Option 4) If you have an account at the LRZ (Leibniz-Rechenzentrums M√ľnchen), you can request a identity bound to your LRZ account. You will need to provide your LRZ user id (BUT NOT YOUR PASSWORD).

See detailed instructions for each option.

2) After receiving your identity, decide whether you want to install the client or server version of Genesis 2 (the client and server software that implements the GFFS).

Client Version
The client version allows you share files via the cloud space. The files are copied into the cloud space allowing you (and anyone you designate) can access these files from any laptop or desktop computer. (Access is not yet possible via tablet or smartphone.) The client version makes sharing possible even if you are behind a NAT or firewall, as long as you are able to make connections to the Internet.
Server Version
The server version allows you to share (export) resources that are located on your machine/server (without copying them to the cloud). However, you must be sure that your machine has a public IP address and, if there is a firewall, you can open a port in the firewall. Additionally, you should be aware that when you export resources, any changes made to them via the GFFS are propagated to the original files in their original location. Server version prerequisites.

3) Once you decide which version you want, proceed to the downloads page and select which version of Genesis 2 you want (client or server) and download the appropriate installer for your platform (Windows, Linux, Mac).

4) Install Genesis 2 on your machine. Genesis 2 can be installed via the command line or via the GUI installer.

Installation considerations and instructions

Help Resources

GFFS GUI Main Help Page

Tutorials on YouTube

  1. Download and Install the GFFS Client (3:09)
  2. GUI Client Basics (8:28)
  3. Install a GFFS Container (21:37)
  4. Copy files in and out of the GFFS (28:37)
  5. Map the GFFS into your Linux file system using FUSE (9:39)
  6. Run a simple job with the GFFS (16:30)

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European Grid (GFFS.EU) Installers