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Re: Remote Kernel

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  • Subject: [mg500] Re: [mg495] Remote Kernel
  • From: olness at
  • Date: Thu, 2 Mar 1995 22:24:41 -0600

FROM: Anthony Rebello, Knox College
>        We are running on a network of machines running the Nextstep
> operating system with a copy of Mma existing locally on each client
> machine's hard drive.  Is it possible, in general (regardless of your
> network setup), to launch the front end on one client machine and request
> that the number-crunching be done by a kernel residing on a different
> client machine via math-link?  This seems to be very possible but we
> can't figure out how to get it to work here.  Are there any things in
> particular that one must do if they are running on a NeXT network?
What you describe is possible. (That is the default way I run Mathematica.)
It should be described in your documentation that came with Mathematica. 
(Not in Wolfram's book; it is too machine specific for that.)

Just a tip. You might try the following steps. 
Each step is simple, but if you hit a snag, you can easily
pinpoint the problem. 

1) Login to the remote machine using a simple terminal emulator,
and start up Mathematica in line mode. 

2) From inside Mathematica, open a terminal window (inside Kernels & Tasks),
login to the remote machine, and attempt to start either a remote kernel. 
(Make sure your connection is set properly to MathTalk or MathLink.)

3) If you can do step 2) by hand, you are now ready to automate
the startup sequence to automatically launch the kernel. 

Good luck.

Fredrick I. Olness

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