Accessing the RCE

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 NXCentOS 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)

This guide assumes you already have an RCE account. If you do not, please contact us at support@help.hmdc.harvard.edu to request one.

Graphical Desktop (NX)

To connect to the RCE remote desktop, please follow the instructions on our NX4 documentation page.

Command-line (SSH)

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.