How to setup connections between the local machine and a remote server?

  • Click Connection from the main menubar of the CINEMAS screen. See Fig. 143

  • Manage SSH connections leads to Connections workspace, where remote connections can be set up.


Fig. 143 Connections:.

  • For the first time set-up, or starting over Connections workspace screen appears as shown in Fig. 144.


Fig. 144 Connections:.

  • The button Add connections adds a new connection with a choice of job-scheduler.

    • Connection$i$ is the default connec-name. i is the number of connection.

    • Set as default can be marked for a connection, to which automatic-modules will submit calculations if there are more than one connections established.

    • The current version of CINEMAS supports TORQUE, MOAB, OTP-type and localhost(VASP installed without any scheduler).

    • Along with the choice of scheduler, a connection to remote-server can be established by entering IP address, and user credentials by clicking connect button.

    • See Fig. 145, Fig. 146, and Fig. 147.


Fig. 145 Connections:.


Fig. 146 Connections:.


Fig. 147 Connections:.

  • Once the connection is established(Fig. 148), remote-server-location, submit-command, and submit-script(if any) has to be defined.

    • Remote-server location: User has to define remote-server-location. e.g. /home/username/CINEMAS/ or similar.

    • Submit command: User has to define command along with arguments if any. E.g. qsub/msub/’mpirun -np 4 vasp > vasp.out &’.

    • Submit script: If it is needed, browse the script to submit a calculation on the remote-server.

    • Save: The Save button can be used to save a connection with user-credentials, command, submit-script path.

    • Load connections: This button loads a previously saved connections.

    • Auto connect: This check-box can be ticked, if CINEMAS should load all the connections saved, right after it launches.

    • Fig. 149 shows a case of established connection, will all required details filled in.


Fig. 148 Connections:.


Fig. 149 Connections:.

  • Multi-hop connections: At times, for various reasons(security primarily) connection to a remote compute-server is established through gateway-server(s).

    • By clicking addconn button next to IP address of an established connection, one more server field appears(Fig. 150).

    • As explained in previous steps, by providing IP, and user-credentials another connection can be established hopping through the previous connection(Fig. 151).

    • Fig. 152 is a scenario of a connection to remote compute-server established by hopping through two gateways.


Fig. 150 Connections:.


Fig. 151 Connections:.


Fig. 152 Connections:.

  • Load connections:

    • If saved earlier, connection can be established by loading the details.

    • This can be done manually(Fig. 153) by clicking Load connection button, or automatically if auto connect was checked.


Fig. 153 Connections:.


Fig. 154 Connections:.

  • Fig. 154 shows two connections established.

  • Any number of connections can be established between local machine and multiple remote servers.

  • A calculation can be readily submitted to a choice of compute-server. See Fig. 155.


Fig. 155 Connections:.