HPC Gateway web desktop

HPC Gateway features a desktop workplace that gives remote access to HPC systems through a web browser. This web desktop leverages a familiar graphical interface to be intuitive and simple to use for all user profiles - from HPC newcomers to practised experts.


To open a connection a given HPC Gateway platform you connect to the relevant URL from a web browser. Most current browsers are supported including Microsoft Internet Explorer, Firefox and Google Chrome.

Browser Version
Mozilla Firefox (preferred) all version from 15 onwards *1
Google Chrome all versions from 20 onwards *1
Microsoft Internet Explorer all version from 10 onwards *1*2

*1: Earlier versions are likely to work but have not been tested.

*2: Microsoft Internet Explorer does not support natively event mechanism that is used by FUJITSU HPC Gateway


Default URLs:

or

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Connecting to the HPC Gateway requires an authentication using your assigned username and password. Once accepted no further authentication is required to access any of the systems configured within the HPC Gateway framework.

It is possible to open a second tab within the same browser connection. Note that file exchange (cut/paste) is not supported between two separate windows.


HPC Gateway provides a full set of tools required for a complete HPC workplace through the web. No direct login to the cluster is required.

All tools available to the web desktop user are found through a single start button on its in-built toolbar. Conventionally this toolbar is positioned along the top of the screen, but it came be relocated with the Settings control from the start button.

Like native desktops, users can populate the screen with shortcuts for fast access to ongoing applications, directories/folders and files.



As windows are opened within the web desktop for each desktop tool activated a minimised icon for each active window will appear on the toolbar. Multiple windows for the same tool are stacked under a single icon.

Windows within the HPC Gateway web desktop are manipulated in a similar way to windows on a native client desktop environment.

  • The window is minimised by clicking first button (minus symbol) in the top right of the window title bar. It can be expanded by clicking its icon on the dekstop toolbar.
  • A window can be resized by dragging from its edges or corners, or toggled between full/reduced size by clicking the second button in the window title bar.
  • The window is closed by clicking the third button (cross symbol).
ATTENTION:
The browsers own back/forward screen controls do not work within the HPC Gateway web desktop.
Clicking the back screen button will logout the session.



During normal production activities a user will usually have multiple windows open concurrently.

  • Application profile panels for preparing and submitting HPC jobs.
  • Task Monitor to observe overall workloads.
  • Result data monitors to track progress of individual simulations.
  • Batch activity watcher.




Return to topics page if followed as part of the training programme.

Return to Quickstart page.