The Center for Social Science Computation and Research

Remote Desktop Services @ CSSCR

CSSCR offers Remote Desktop computing services to CSSCR affiliated faculty and their research assistants. Access is granted on a per-project or per-faculty basis.

CSSCR currently operates two Remote Desktop servers:

Titus

Titus is a Windows Server 2012 R2 terminal server oriented toward general desktop computing and qualitative analysis. Eligible users can obtain an account and log into Titus using a Remote Desktop Connection from any computer. When logged in, Titus users see a familiar Windows desktop environment (a session) where they can use statistical and qualitative analysis software packages.

Who is eligible?

Faculty in the UW College of Arts and Sciences and our member units are eligible for access to Titus, as are their research assistants or students attached to a faculty-directed project.

If you are a student not affiliated with a faculty member currently conducting research on Titus, but are looking for remote computing services, check out the CSDE Terminal Servers. These are STF funded remote desktop servers loaded with social science computational software and designated for student use.

How do I create a Titus account?

Send an email to csscr@uw.edu with the subject line: "Titus account request". In the body of the email, please include:

  • Name
  • Department affiliation
  • UW NetID
  • Project description
  • Software you tend to work with
  • Size of data (if known)
  • Collaborators (if any) - names and UW NetIDs
Otho

Otho is a Windows Server 2012 R2 terminal server oriented toward high throughput quantitative computing. Permitted users can log into Otho using a Remote Desktop Connection from any computer. When logged in, Otho users will see a familiar Windows desktop environment (a session) where they can use statistical and quantitative analysis software packages.

Who is eligible?

Faculty in the UW College of Arts and Sciences and our member units are eligible for access to Titus, as are their research assistants or students attached to a faculty-directed project.

If you are a student not affiliated with a faculty member currently conducting research on Titus, but are looking for remote computing services, check out the CSDE Terminal Servers. These are STF funded remote desktop servers loaded with social science computational software and designated for student use.

How do I gain authorization to use Otho?

Send an email to csscr@uw.edu with the subject line: "Otho account request". In the body of the email, please include:

  • Name
  • Department affiliation
  • UW NetID
  • Project description
  • Software you tend to work with
  • Size of data (if known)
  • Collaborators (if any) - names and UW NetIDs

How to log into CSSCR Remote Desktop servers?

The logon process varies by operating system.

Windows instructions

Step 1:
Obtain a Titus account per the above steps.

Step 2:
Open the Start Menu on your local version of Windows and launch "Remote Desktop Connection".

Step 3:
In the Remote Desktop Connection (RDC) window, type the Titus server name like this:
titus.csscr.washington.edu

Enter your UW NetID username and password as credentials.

Step 4:
Click the "Connect" button. A Windows Security window will pop up and prompt you to enter your password - it is the same as you UW NetID password. Click "OK."

Note: If an RDC window pops up with a warning similar to "The identity of the remote computer cannot be verified. Do you want to connect anyway?" - hit "Yes."

You are now connected to Titus!

Mac OS X instructions

Note: These instructions apply to Apple computers using Mac OS X 10.7 or later. Older RD client software will not connect to Titus; an open source program called CoRD may work on earlier versions of Mac OS.

Step 1:
Launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop client.

Step 2:
Click on the "New" button in the top left corner of the Remote Desktop window.
The
Step 3:
A new window will open titled "Edit Remote Desktops". On the "General" tab, supply the following information:

Connection name: Titus (this is arbitary, call it anything you'd like)
PC name: titus.csscr.washington.edu
Gateway: No gateway configured
Username: netidYour_NetID
Password: Your NetID Password

Set resolution to your own personal preference.
For best results, run at 1280x720 and deselect the
Step 4:
Close the "Edit Remote Desktops" window.

Step 5:
From the "My Desktops" menu, select your new Titus connection. A Remote Desktop session will open.
This desktop will be titled whatever name you chose.

How do I load my data onto a CSSCR Remote Desktop server?

There are several ways to upload data onto a given server:

  • Download the data files directly, using an Internet browser within your RD session
  • Email the files to yourself and log into your email on a given server using an Internet browser
  • Upload your files onto a cloud service (such as U Drive, Dropbox, Google Docs, or Microsoft OneDrive) and download them onto a given server, also using an Internet browser.

If neither of these options is optimal for your data – for example, if your data set is too large or if it has privacy settings that prevent you from uploading it on a cloud service – please contact us at csscr@u.washington.edu for assistance.

Where should I be saving my work?

Drive Description Use Case Private? Shareable? Backed Up
C: Primary internal storage array. This is the default way to store data and projects on CSSCR Remote Desktop servers. To access this information outside of the Titus remote environment, you need to copy your files onto a cloud service (such as Dropbox, Google Docs or Microsoft OneDrive) or email them to yourself. Yes No Yes
D: Secondary internal storage array. If you have data that requires more than 20 GB of storage, this drive is a good option. To set up a folder for yourself on the D: drive, send a request to csscr@uw.edu and include your UW NetID plus a brief description of your project and why you need extra storage space. Yes Yes Yes
U: U Drive: A storage service, similar to Dropbox, that is offered by UW IT and is available to students, faculty and staff with UW NetID log-in. This is a solid option for backing up files and for being able to access your data and projects outside of CSSCR Remote Desktop servers as well as inside them. Yes No Yes

Is there a newsletter for updates on software, outages, reboots, and so forth?

Yes, and you can sign up here.