Setting Up a Desktops Session

Running Desktops

This page is dedicated to instruct you on how to use Rescale Desktops. In order to access the Desktops feature, log in to your Rescale account (Rescale Platform). If you don't have a Rescale account, you can create an account at no charge here: Rescale Signup.

Please contact us if you're having trouble.

To proceed with setting up a Desktops session, click on the Desktops tab and select + New Custom Desktop.

New Desktop

You can give your session a unique title to locate it easily later. Next, you can select from Windows or Linux, CPU or GPU instances. For this tutorial, we'll be running on Windows.

Note: For using ParaView, please select Windows operating system with GPU instance. For example, you can choose Windows M60 or any available GPU desktop.

Next, add the Software (ParaView) and Job (OpenFOAM ParaView Server) to the desktop through the interface (shown below).

Once you've made your selection, you can click Launch and it will start the session. This will typically take a few minutes.

Custom Desktop

In general, these are the required ports for visualization:

RDP: Port 3389
VNC: Port 5900/5901

Once the server has started, you need to click the Connect button which will show a popup (as shown below).

The easiest way to view your desktop is through In-browser Desktops, which can be accessed simply by the click of the Connect using In-Browser Desktop button, as shown below. You are now be able to use the remote desktop straight off your browser.


If you would prefer to use a client to connect with the desktop instead, please follow these instructions:

You need to first click on Generate New Password, followed by Download RDP file.

Connect Desktop

To visualize Rescale Windows remote desktops from a non-Windows machine, you will need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac (download) or Remmina for linux (download).

Once the RDP file is downloaded, double click to open. For GPU-enabled instances, it is recomended that you use NICE DCV Endstation for visualization instead (download). You will be prompted to type in the password (case-sensitive) when launching the visualization through NICE DCV.

Once you are at the Windows user Sign-in page, you will also need to enter your unique password (case-sensitive).

Windows Login

You should now be viewing your remote desktop. The shortcut to the attached Software can be found on your desktop.

Windows Desktop

If you are looking to launch a basic Linux instance, you will need to set up an ssh tunnel first. Download the relevent script (Windows or Linux), and follow the instructions on the page as shown below.

Windows Desktop

To connect via VNC, you need to first download a VNC client of your choice such as Real VNC (it's free) from the link (here). Then click on Generate New Password, followed by Download VNC file.

For utilizing GPU-enabled Linux remote desktops, it is recommended that you use NICE DCV Endstation for visualization (download). You will need to enter your unique password (case-sensitive) in DCV Endstation.

You should now be viewing your remote desktop. please use the terminal to navigate to and launch the executable under the /program/ directory.