This guide assumes you already have an RCE account. If you do not, please contact us at email@example.com to request one. RCE accounts are available to researchers at Harvard and MIT; see http://projects.iq.harvard.edu/user-services/research-computing-environment-sla for details.
You can access the RCE login nodes from any modern workstation or laptop with a high-speed connection. The RCE provides a familiar, consistent user experience to all researchers; our desktop environment is built on NoMachine's NX, CentOS Linux and Gnome. This allows sessions to be suspended and resumed at will: you can begin a session from one workstation, suspend it, move to another system, and resume the previous session, all with no disruption to your environment. If you work in a command line environment, and want the highest throughput without a graphical interface, the RCE is also accessible via SSH connection.
Remote access provides three categories of services:
- Research Environment (graphical desktop)
- Secure Shell (command-line tools)
- File Access (home directory and non-confidential project space)
This guide assumes you already have an RCE account. If you do not, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to request one.
Graphical Desktop (NX)
To connect to the RCE remote desktop, please follow the instructions on our NX4 documentation page.
To connect to the RCE using command-line, simply ssh to
rce.hmdc.harvard.edu using a terminal in OSX and Linux, or using a utility such as PuTTY.
File Transfer (FileZilla)
To transfer files to or from the RCE, please follow the instructions on our FileZilla documentation page.