The Globus Toolkit 2.2 uses an efficient and robust protocol for data movement. This protocol should be used whenever large files are involved instead of the http and https protocols that can also be used with the GASS subsystem.
The Globus Toolkit 2.2 provides a GridFTP server based on wu-ftpd code and a C API that can be used by applications to use GridFTP functionality. This GridFTP server does not implement all the features of the GridFTP protocol. It works only as a non-striped server even if it can inter-operate with other striped servers.
All Globus Toolkit 2.2 shell commands can transparently use the GridFTP protocol whenever the URL used for a file begins with gsiftp://.
7.4.1. GridFTP examples
The following example copies ...