ThinLinc Presentation - Richard Martin, University of Strathclyde

This year’s Computing Insight UK conference was 100% virtual for the first time in the event’s 31 year history. As such, the conference hosted an extended schedule, and as part of this schedule, we invited Dr. Richard Martin from University of Strathclyde to give a presentation on their ThinLinc installation at ARCHIE-WeSt.

Richard kindly agreed, and is hosted by @muitotri and @niarem.

  • Who: Dr. Richard Martin, High Performance Computing Manager, ARCHIE-WeSt, University of Strathclyde
  • When: Thursday November 26th 2020
  • Abstract: As HPC is accessed by an increasingly diverse user community, many workflows require GUI elements for pre/post processing and data visualisation. Command line only access can therefore inhibit effective use of HPC for many researchers. At ARCHIE-WeSt all front-end login nodes are remote desktop and visualisation capable, with ThinLinc being the remote desktop software of choice. This presentation will provide an overview of how ThinLinc is deployed at ARCHIE-WeSt and the benefits of remote desktop technology for HPC, and how it has proven to be effective during recent months.
  • Dr. Martin obtained his PhD in computational physics in 1997 and since then has supported research computing at the University of Strathclyde in a variety of roles. Since 2012 he has managed the ARCHIE-WeSt High Performance Computing Centre at the University of Strathclyde which has supported over 800 users, the majority of whom used HPC for the first time.