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Durham University

Computing and Information Services

Remote PC & Accelerated Apps

CIS are currently trialing two new services to mitigate the impact of access to high-performance Windows OS classroom PCs owing to social distancing restrictions; Remote PC and Accelerated Apps.

Remote PC

Remote PC provides secure remote virtual desktop access to workstation PCs in selected locations across campus from your own device... anywhere in the world. Once connected, through Remote PC you have access to almost all software available on CIS's Teaching service and benefit from the full performance of the underlying PC hardware.

Accessing the service

To access this service, you'll first need to register here. As the service is under trial, there are no access limitations currently. Access will be reviewed when the service goes live.

Using the service

Once registered, log into Apps Anywhere and search for Remote PC. Launch the application to make the connection and present your virtual desktop.

Which PCs can I connect to and what are their specification?

The service is currently configured in four locations across campus, chosen as they operate on PCs of a heightened specification (CPU/GPU/RAM), they currently include:

Kiln Lab: i7-7700, 32GB RAM

E216A/B: Intel i7-7700, 32GB RAM, Nvidia Quadro P4000 GPU

Engineering Annex: Intel i5-6500, 16GB RAM

PH216: Intel i7-8700, 64GB RAM, Nvidia Quadro P2000 GPU

Current availability and usage

RPC

  • E216a33 free of 35
  • E216b22 free of 23
  • E3978 free of 8
  • EngEX64 free of 67
  • Kiln Lab14 free of 15
  • PH21620 free of 21

Accelerated Apps

Accelerated Apps expands on Apps Anywhere and Parallels service offering to stream demanding applications with full GPU support. Graphically intensive software for CAD, GIS and other applications often require GPU acceleration to operate effectively. CIS have dedicated infrastructure for these applications, backed by over 1TB of RAM and multiple Nvidia RTX8000 GPUs.

Accessing the service

To access this service, you'll first need to register here.

Using the service

Once registered, log into Apps Anywhere and search for the application to stream Accelerated. Click Launch Accelerated from the drop-down menu.

Current availability

The initial list of software via Accelerated Apps includes Solidworks, AutoCAD, Robot, ArcMap and ArcGIS Pro. If you'd like to request further software to be made available through this service please click here.