FastX Installation Instructions

These instructions assume a root install of FastX. Click here for non-root installations Installing the Service Installing on RPM Based Systems (Red Hat/SuSE etc) The following instructions assume an installation in the default /usr directory.  If you would like to … Continued

FastX System Configuration Overview

FastX is highly configurable to meet the needs of individual users and corporations alike.  By configuring files, IT managers can turn FastX into a Gateway Servers, or Clusters, or perform management tasks like creating administrators or monitoring login attempts. We … Continued

FastX License Installation

FastX is licensed on the server side.  All clients are unlicensed.  Simply download the client (or use the web browser client) and you are ready to use FastX greatly simplifying end user deployment The FastX Server ships with its own … Continued

License Server Installation

Floating and Named-user licenses use the RLM license server to distribute licenses. This article explains how to create and activate a license server on your network. RLM License Server Installation Preinstallation Setup Installing the RLM Server on Windows Installing the … Continued

FastX Network Configuration

The FastX Server can be configured in many different ways to take care of your ever-expanding visualization needs. Default Installation (Client/Server) Gateway Installation Cluster Installation FastX Default Configuration This the default configuration after installing FastX  It allows for direct connections … Continued

FastX Configuration Overview

FastX is highly configurable to meet the needs of individual users and corporations alike.  By configuring files, IT managers can turn FastX into a Gateway Servers, or Clusters, or perform management tasks like creating administrators or monitoring login attempts. NOTE: … Continued

FastX Administrators

FastX can be configured to allow some users to be nominated as administrators, giving them access to other user sessions Among other benefits, Administrators can View all user sessions Connect/Disconnect/Terminate user sessions Edit session parameters Monitor servers Change the Network … Continued

Running lsf with FastX

A default installation of FastX does not allow incoming connection from non localhost systems.This provides maximum security of the fastx session. Certain applications however (most notably lsf) require systems to listen for incoming connections in order to function properly.  System … Continued

FastX and OpenGL

FastX performs server-side software rendering of OpenGL applications and then transfers the result over the network to the client as a 2D image.  This allows for smooth OpenGl rendering at a consistently fast pace. However, some 3D applications may be … Continued

FastX Cluster Installation

A variant of the FastX Gateway Configuration, the FastX server and the gateway server are the same machine.  This is an ideal situation when you have a group of identical machines that are located on a LAN (with optional VPN access). … Continued

FastX CPU Usage

FastX Sessions use CPU to compress and send data over the net as quickly as possible.  This generally creates a better user experience for the end users.  However, there are cases where other applications will compete for resources and FastX … Continued

FastX Gateway Installation

It is often more convenient and secure to have a gateway machine as the access point to more systems.  Machines with sensitive information do not need to be on the outside network.  You can even add a gateway with no … Continued

FastX install scripts

When installing the FastX server, admins should run the /usr/lib/fastx/install.sh script to complete the installation.  For system admins who do not want to use the menu based system and want to integrate the FastX installation into their own scripts, the … Continued

FastX Load Balancing

Load Balancing allows IT departments to distribute resources across multiple systems.  The FastX Server has a built in load balancer that will choose which system a user will start new sessions, in order to efficiently distribute the load across multiple … Continued

FastX Themes

FastX allows you to customize the look and feel of the Browser Client so that you can seamlessly integrate FastX into your existing websites. You can change the theme in the Themes page of the System section    

Global Bookmarks

System administrators can create a global suggestions file for FastX available to all users on the system.  This file allows system administrators to preconfigure the commands that their users can launch. Creating Suggestions Log in as an Admin Click on … Continued

Installing Node.js

FastX requires Node.js in order to use the Web Client as well as advanced features such as the Gateway Server or Load Balancing The install.sh script will attempt to find and download the proper version of Node.js to run these features.  Users who do … Continued

Job Scheduling

FastX can easily integrate with job scheduling application (Platform lsf, Grid Engine, MOAB etc) in high performance computing environments. Admins can create a custom script that can launch the job scheduler and schedule the compute application.  When the computation is done, the … Continued

OpenGL Support for legacy Apps

Some applications will fail because their OpenGL clients do not use the Direct Rendering Interface.  Upgrading your application to the latest version should typically fix the issue as well as make OpenGL run faster.  In the circumstances where upgrading is … Continued

Self-signed Certificates

In order to facilitate users running quickly, the web service install script creates self-signed certificates. Self signed certificates pose potential security risks as anyone can generate a self signed certificate and pose as the web server. They should not be … Continued