I routinely have to copy the contents of a folder on a network file system to my local computer. There are many files (1000s) on the remote folder that are all relatively small but due to network overhead a regular copy
cp remote_folder/* ~/local_folder/ takes a very long time (10 mins).
I believe it's because the files are being copied sequentially – each file waits until the previous is finished before the copy begins.
What's the simplest way to increase the speed of this copy? (I assume it is to perform the copy in parallel.)
Zipping the files before copying will not necessarily speed things up because they may be all saved on different disks on different servers.