Remote Windows Desktop Sessions
The 50 seats in GUG 212 are not enough for more than a fraction of A&A matriculated students. To provide access to the necessary engineering/math software for A&A students, the department supports remote desktop sessions on several Microsoft Windows Servers, using Remote Desktop Services. These servers are shared resources that allow a large number of students to open simultaneous desktop sessions from Windows or Mac-based Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) clients, which may be launched from any host on which the Remote Desktop Connection application is installed. The only additional requirements are a UW A&A Windows Active Directory account and an Internet network connection.
Windows Remote Desktop Services host hardware
|Remote (U:\) Disk
(2x3.2Ghz E5-2667 v4)
32 HT cores
(2x3.2Ghz E5-2667 v4)
32 HT cores
*Typical user disk quota. If needed, request expanded quota.
NOTE -- Though RDSH-1/RDSH-2's 192GB of memory and 32 cpu are very large, memory and cpu cores can be monopolized by an inattentive student, denying other students the ability to launch remote sessions. Please use the Task Manager (Start menu/Windows Security/Start Task Manager) "Performance" tab to monitor cpu/memory utilization. Kill your own excessive processes from the Task Manager "Processes" tab and figure out how to reduce utilization to a safe level.
Please notify UW A&A Support of excessive use by other students. To protect RDSH-1/RDSH-2 for all students, any jobs that are discovered to be monopolizing cpu/memory may be aborted without prior notice. Thanks for your cooperation!!
Remote Windows Desktop Session Setup
The Microsoft RDC client application is bundled with Windows 7 or 8 (Start menu/All Programs/Accessories) and is available for download for Mac OS X from the App Store as "Microsoft Remote Desktop".
1) After launching the RDC application, the minimal default window is displayed. If you are satisfied with the default settings, simply enter the domain name and select the Connect button to launch your session. That said, selecting the "Show Options" button will display expanded settings that allow you to tailor your session profile and save for future use.
Note for new students: Log in with your UWNetID with the syntax netid\yournetid and type your password when prompted. If you received a legacy UWAA account, log in using the syntax uwaa\youruwaaaccount and the password you set up for your UWAA account.
The A&A Windows Remote Desktop servers primary purpose is supporting classwork, but by observing the following conditions, research may be performed on them. Please contact UW A&A Support before attempting to perform research on RDSH-1 or RDSH-2.
- Software license restrictions -- The software license terms for several engineering applications installed on the Remote Desktop servers restrict use ONLY to instructional support and undergraduate projects . These applications include Abaqus FEA, ANSYS FEA, Fluent CFD, and STK orbital mechanics. (See the A&A Licensed Software webpage for a detailed explanation.)
- Excessive memory or cpu utilization -- The 192GB of memory and 32 cpu cores of the RDSH-1/RDSH-2 Remote Desktop servers make them attractive for the large-scale problems that often accompany research use, especially when compared to the 8GB of memory and 4 cores of the GUG 212 workstations or local faculty research labs. But RDSH-1/RDSH-2 have no resource management and it is easy for a single researcher to monopolize an entire server, denying all access to other students. To protect RDSH-1/RDSH-2 for all students, research jobs that are discovered to be monopolizing cpu/memory may be aborted without prior notice.
If you anticipate needing more than 4 processors or 8GB of memory, you should instead be using the A&A 19-node Cerberus cluster, with each node having twice the memory (32GB) and Moab/Torque to manage cpu/memory utilization.