[Beowulf] Improving access to a Linux beowulf cluster for Windows users
gdjacobs at gmail.com
Wed Apr 9 12:12:16 EDT 2008
Tom Pierce wrote:
> Dear Beowulf ML,
> Are there any good websites that describe how to simplify access to a
> Linux Beowulf cluster for people who use windows computers? Do you have
> recommendations (besides "Learn Linux") that assist people is accessing
> your cluster?
> I have HowTo pages on:
> 1) Loading and running Putty for ssh access
> 2) Loading and running cygwin for a X-server to view graphics
> 3) Loading and using WinSCP for file transfer to and from the cluster.
> 4) Some instructions on howto use the Batch job system (Torque/Maui) for
> common applications.
Instead of using Cygwin for an X server, install a copy of Xming. It
integrates very nicely with Putty, especially if you use the copy on
their downloads page.
Using WinSCP is going to be pretty straightforward. Run the
installer. Host name, user name, and password -- presto bang-o. I use
the CLI utilities from Putty instead, though. Filezilla will work, too.
Your best option is going to be a step by step procedure that people can
follow, perhaps in the form of a web page with download links for the
software. You can generate it, or you can recruit somebody, but you will
undoubtedly be the editor, especially if you control access/use policy
on the cluster.
>From a user perspective, you windows clients are going to be in a highly
controlled, highly configured environment. Recipes for basic use of the
development tools and preinstalled applications will cut your support
Geoffrey D. Jacobs
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