GUI login to the Grid

If you wish to use applications on the Grid via a graphical user interface (GUI), we support remote desktop sessions to the Grid using the NoMachine NX client software. Like Windows RDP or VNC running Stata on the Grid looks like running Stata on your desktop, for example. An additional application to run X11 (a long-established Unix graphics windows system) such as Xming or XQuartz is not needed. With NoMachine, Unix/Linux knowledge is not required.

Note: NoMachine also has a browser-based interface which you can connect to at: However, we've found connection speeds for the web-based interface to be significantly slower.


  1. Please download for Mac or PC and run the NoMachine version 5 installer application on your desktop (use all default settings during the installation).           

  2. After the desktop installation is complete, please restart your machine before proceeding.


On the Welcome page, click on “Create a new connection” and click "Continue."

On the "New connect" screen use the default Protocol setting "NX" and click "Continue." Next, enter host on port 4000. Ensure the checkbox for UDP communication is checked and click "Continue."

On the next screen choose "Password" selected and click "Continue." Next, please check "Don't use a proxy" check and click "Continue." Select the checkbox for "Create a link on the desktop," and click "Continue."

On the recent connections screen, click "Preferences."

Next click "Appearances," check the option "Don't show other computers on the network," and click "Done."

Highlight the "" connection and click "Connect."

In the window "Verify host authenticity", click "Yes." Next enter your username and password. For security purposes, do not select "Save this password."

After a few moments, and window will appear for windowing options. Click "New virtual desktop or custom session," click "Create a new GNOME virtual desktop” and click "Continue."

On the next few pages leave the default setting and check "Don't show this message again."

The virtual desktop then appears. When you hover over the upper right corner of the screen a page peel-back icon appears. Click on the image of the peel-back.

Next click on "Display" and "Resize remote screen" and click "Done" twice.

Congrats. You are now on one of two login nodes that are the gateway to the Grid.

To access software on the grid, click "Applications" and select your software.