Jason Bell writes:

I thought I would forward some information to you in regards to a new program, Strudel,  that I am using that simplifies the creation and connection of a Graphical User Interface on a HPC system (it can do a whole lot more).

The Strudel software is an open source package developed by Monash eResearch Team.


Some of the functionality Strudel provides includes:

  • Automatically detecting the VNC Display Number – users no longer need to worry about this and if the display number ever changes - especially after the host computer is rebooted.
  • Configures and implements a SSH tunnel, making it highly secure, without the need for a separate ssh or putty session running in the background;
  • Configures the "X Windows" manager to default to using Gnome (this is a script that I created that gets launched before the vncserver is started);
  • No need to remember the "VNC Password", as it automatically generates one for you.  Therefore, you only need to worry about your CQUni username and password.

The software was previously called “Massive /CVL Launcher”, but it has been renamed to “Strudel” to indicate that it is more generic.   For some additional information, see https://www.massive.org.au/userguide/cluster-instructions/massive-launcher.

The nice thing with this is that no requirements to install anything on the HPC system and the only requirement for the end user is to have “turbo VNC” installed.  Though you might like to host a “managed config” yourself, which contains information on the hosts the users can connect to (as well as modifiable pop-up windows text, etc)

For information on installing and using the Strudel software (From a CQU perspective) can be found at https://my.cqu.edu.au/web/eresearch/graphical-connection-to-the-hpc-system.

Jeremy Hammond
Jeremy Hammond says:
Apr 30, 2014 04:03 PM
The massive.org.au link does't work...