Use VNC to connect to supercomputers such as Stampede and BU SCC

VNC advantages over X-forwarding:

  • faster and responsive
  • stable and established means of graphical remote control.
  • consumes kB/sec instead of MB/sec.
  • deliberately or accidentally disconnect, and when you reconnect, your VNC desktop is still there as it was.
  • Wayland replaces X11, and Wayland does not forward over the network

How to use VNC

  1. Install VNC Viewer on your laptop: RealVNC Viewer is free for Mac/Windows/Linux.
  2. Start VNC server on supercomputer. Examples:

  3. Connect to VNC server using its IP address