Wayne State University


Wayne State University

High Performance Computing Services

Running Xming


Follow these steps to run the Xming X Window System on the Grid.

The following video also demonstrates the setup process.

Download Xming here.

After the download completes, install it and follow the directions. When asked to select components, select the "Full Installation" and make sure that "Normal PuTTY Link SSH client" is selected.

Xming setup window

Click the box to launch Xming when the installation finishes. Otherwise goto Start -> All Programs -> Xming and open Xming. Xming will be open in the background, even though you do not see a window appear.

Start -> All Programs -> Xming

Log on to the Grid.

Login prompt

Open a new PuTTY session and change the configuration settings.

In the "Connection" tab, enter a number other than 0 in the option "Seconds between keepalives".

Input: 5

Under "Connection" -> "SSH" -> "X11" check the box "Enable X11 forwarding".

Box: Enable X11 forwarding

Go to the "Session" tab and make sure the port is set at 22 and the connection type is SSH. Under "Host Name" type: grid.wayne.edu

In "Saved Sessions" typed "X11". Click "Save" to save this configuration for X11.

Input: grid.wayne.edu

Click "Open" to connect.

This message about the host key may appear. Click "Yes"

Host key message


Host key message

Submit an interactive job:

qsub -I -q wsuq -X

NOTE: The -X option allows you to use an X Windows session.

Input:qsub -I -q wsuq -X

You are assigned to mra1.

[zz9992@mra1 ~]$

Open up a program that requires an X window. In this case we'll open xterm. Type: xterm

Input: xterm

You are now running xterm through Xming.

xterm window
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