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The following instructions detail how to use the Desktops feature to perform remote visualization on the Rescale platform using the "Desktops" feature. Please contact us if you're having trouble.

In order to access Desktops remote visualization feature, log into your Rescale account (Rescale Platform) and submit the simulation that you would like to visualize in the cloud. If you don't have a Rescale account, you can create an account at no charge here: Rescale Signup. You can also perform remote visualization on a job you've previously executed. To run and visualize the job that is used in this example, import this simulation. Since this simulation has already been run through Rescale's Tutorials Account, you do not need to run it again in your own account.

To proceed with running a Desktops session, click on the Desktops tab and select +New Desktop.

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You can give your session a unique title to locate it easily later. Next you can select whether you'd like to run your session using Windows CPU or Windows GPU instances. Once you've made your selection, you can click submit and it will take ~2-3 minutes, to start the session.

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For this tutorial, we'll be running on Windows CPU. Once the session is started you need to click both Generate New Password and Download RDP file. Please note, if you are not running on a Windows machine you will need to have Windows Remote Desktop installed.

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Once the RDP file is downloaded, double click to open. You need to copy your unique password to use when prompted after you open the RDP file.

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Open the downloaded RDP file and provide your unique password. It is case sensitive.

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Once you've entered your password, your remote Desktops session window will open.

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Return to your Rescale account and the Desktops status page. Now select the software user interface that you will use for visualization.

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Select the job that you want to visualize.

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Once you've selected your software user interface and the job click Sync to apply these changes to your session.

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It will take a couple minutes to apply these changes.

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Once the software and job changes have been applied, you can select the software user interface from the Desktop session.

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The following instructions are specific to an OpenFOAM job using ParaView for visualization.

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To open the job, go to the mapped drive. On Windows, it is common to map to the Z: drive, but the attached job could be in the X: or Y: drives as well depending on your setup.

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Select run1.

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At the bottom of the pop up window, go to Files of Type and select All Files from the bottom of the list.

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Select the file you want to visualize. In this case, it is file f1.OpenFOAM.

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In the next window, select to open the data with OpenFOAM.

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Now that you've added the job to ParaView, you can set the requirements to view the model. On the left side of the screen, check the box labeled F2007 to open the job used in the simulation.

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Click Apply in the left, middle side of the window to visually load the model.

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To remove the boundary conditions, type Ctrl and the Space-bar simultaneously to bring up the pop up window. Type Extract Block and then hit the Enter button to filter out the boundary conditions.

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In the Pipeline Browser on the top left side of the user interface, left click on Extract Block. In the properties section below, click on Patches and then select the Apply button just above.

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Finally, click on the F1.OpenFOAM file in the Pipeline Browser on the top left side to visualize your model.

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Last Updated: Jan 21, 2016 01:19PM PST

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