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Cancer research centre adopts remote access software

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Researchers at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle, Washington have remote access to high-performance computing, data analysis and administrative resources, following the implementation of NoMachine software. Using the software, the Center can connect 250 to 300 researchers to the high-performance computing cluster, with up to 25 users connecting at the same time.

Employees will also have access to server-based, administrative applications that are crucial to their day-to-day activities, such as Firefox, R language and Matlab. To simplify support, the Center's scientific computing department cut the organisation back to two operating systems and new employees are given a Windows computer. Those who prefer to work with Linux or similar desktops are guided towards Macs with a Linux connection provided by the NoMachine NX Server.

‘We needed a way to offer a Linux desktop interface to a lot of people without giving them each a physical system. This way we can concentrate our support efforts on high-performance computing, instead of desktop support,’ explained System Administrator Carl Benson.

Whether on site or at a remote location, NoMachine provides a full Linux experience and access to x11 applications for a superior remote experience and easier administration. The software's session resiliency also makes it suitable for researchers who need to monitor projects that may last for months at a time.