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It's probably the fastest way of downloading SRA files from the Short Read Archive. It's considerbaly faster than using 'fastq-dump in its download mode (note that fastq-dump will still be required to convert the SRA files into fastq.gz files.

It's a semicommercial tool, owned by IBM, but via the NCBI website it's possible to get a free version.

Where to get it

  • here (via NCBI's page).