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Re: remote kernel trouble

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  • Subject: [mg104719] Re: [mg104637] remote kernel trouble
  • From: Mark Perrin <m.perrin at>
  • Date: Sat, 7 Nov 2009 07:01:51 -0500 (EST)
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We use a lot of remote kernels at work, and from home to work. The  
configurations we have are Mac to Mac, Mac to Linux, Mac to Windows  
and Windows to Windows. Had trouble with them all until we found this:

"Remote Kernel Strategies"

It is a useful set of programs to easily connect to remote kernels. It  
has worked beautifully every time. Give it a go, it might work for you.


Mark Perrin

On 05/11/2009, at 7:52 PM, Ian wrote:

> I'm unable to start a remote kernel, and have not found a solution to
> my problem the archives. I'm running Mathematica 7.0 on Windows Vista,
> trying to start a remote kernel on a Linux server also running 7.0.
> I'm relying on WolframSSH.jar to make the connection, so I haven't
> fiddled with the advanced settings under kernel configuration
> options.  (Well, I've tried without success to use putty to make the
> connection). When I evaluate the first command in a notebook using the
> remote kernel, I get the authentication key question and then enter a
> password, and then nothing happens. The notebook claims to be running
> but never evaluates, there's no error message, and Mathematica locks
> up.
> I can see that a MathKernel does start on the remote machine, so the
> login at least is successful. And force closing Mathematica locally
> kills the remote kernel.
> The only clue I can discover is that Mathematica wants to put the RSA
> key in the wrong place. My username on both machines is
> "carroll" (which I can confirm Mathematica knows with $UserName), but
> it creates the known_hosts file in "C:\Users\Ian\.ssh\" which wouldn't
> otherwise exist. I also don't see any key created on the remote
> machine. Could this cause the problem? What else should I try doing?
> Thanks
> -Ian
> (* apologies if this is a double post, the first vanished *)

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