Updated: September 16, 2022
This topic walks you through how to use Rescale Desktops. From within Rescale, you can set up a desktop for running GUI applications, allowing you to create a customized remote desktop using selected software, operating systems, jobs, and projects.
In order to access the Desktops feature, log in to your Rescale account. If you don’t have a Rescale account, you can create an account here: Rescale Signup. Please contact us if you’re having trouble.
Creating your desktop
To proceed with setting up a Desktops session, click the Desktops tab and select + Create New Desktop.
Next, you’ll name your desktop and select the type of software you want to run on it. For this tutorial, we’re using ParaView GUI.
Note: Once you select the software, the Hardware section below will automatically update to offer only hardware compatible with the work you want to do.
At this point, you can add any already-existing jobs you’d like to the desktop. Input and output files from those jobs will be available on the desktop.
Finally, select the hardware you want to use and set an appropriate walltime limit.
Once you’ve made your selection, you can click Launch and it will start the session. This will typically take a few minutes.Here’s what the Desktop Setup page will look like:
Connecting to your desktop
Once the server has started, you can connect either in-browser or via a client on your local machine.
Connecting in-browser is frequently the lowest-effort connection, but it provides a lower-resolution desktop session. To connect in-browser, click the Connect button once it appears, as shown below. It should appear once the OS is installed and updated and the Rescale runtime is configured.
After you click the Connect button, you can use the remote desktop right in your browser.
Connect with a client
Connecting with a client on your own computer can offer much better graphics than an in-browser connection, but it requires a little more setup. The process is very different for Windows and Linux desktops, but in both cases, these are the required ports for visualization:
RDP: Port 3389 VNC: Port 5900/5901 DCV: Port 8443
If your company does not allow traffic through one of these ports, that method of desktop visualization will not work.
Once you have set up a desktop session, you can then view the following topics for more information about how to further configure your desktop:
- See Add/Remove Software and Jobs to learn how to add and remove software supported by Rescale, as well as how to add and remove jobs from your desktop.
- See File Transfer to learn how to properly transfer files between your active Rescale Desktops session and your Rescale cloud files.
- See Visualization Example to learn how to use the Desktops feature to perform remote visualization on Rescale.