SimFactory could provide a "get" command which would copy the lightweight data from a remote simulation to the local machine. For example, I use a script called "getsim" which rsyncs a simulation directory and excludes all known "large" files, for example checkpoints, 2D and 3D HDF5 output files, Cactus executable, core dumps etc. You could also have a "quick" mode which excludes even more. My script is attached as an example. This is slightly similar to archiving, but has a different purpose. This is to be run regularly on the local machine to keep track of a simulation, rather than archiving it permanently once it is complete.