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NoMachine NX Grows in National Laboratories Within the US Department of Energy
NX provides remote access to unique scientific resources available at national laboratories across the country
2009-09-08 by: Katie Glossner

Cincinnati, OH, Sept. 8, 2009 - The Department of Energy, established in 1977, has grown to include twenty-one labs and technology centers where more than 30,000 scientists and engineers perform cutting-edge research. Now, more and more of the national laboratories are relying on NoMachine NX to provide remote access to their computing clusters and scientific tools at their world-class facilities.

The Department of Energy's largest science and energy lab, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), employs a staff of more than 4,300 and annually hosts approximately 3,000 guest researchers. NoMachine NX provides groups of ORNL employees, guest researchers and students from around the world remote access from off-site or home to Linux applications stored centrally on the NX Servers to perform heavy engineering analysis more efficiently.

This analysis requires working with 3D images and NX's support of open GL allows researchers to visualize complex graphic results. Extensive analysis runs for days or weeks and can be easily monitored and edited with the suspend and resume feature of NX. System Administrator James Freels said, “NX plays a major communication role in the analysis process at ORNL allowing researchers to work in real-time from any location, while providing the security we demand with SSH encryption.”

The nation's first national laboratory and one of the leading federally funded research and development centers in the country, Argonne National Laboratory, supports manifold research projects. Argonne works with hundreds of companies, federal agencies, universities and other organizations. To support these networks, NX provides worldwide users with dependable, multi-platform, remote access to engineering simulation software on a centralized computing cluster.

In addition to the computing cluster, certain beamlines at the Advanced Photon Source at Argonne and the Advanced Light Source at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory are also accessed remotely to run beamline control software for data collection, reducing travel costs by allowing research to be conducted from anywhere. The Spallation Neutron Source Facility at ORNL also uses NX to provide remote access to their instrument beamlines.

NX also provides remote access to select beamlines at the National Synchrotron Light Source at Brookhaven National Laboratory. The Macromolecular Crystallography Research Resource at Brookhaven is using NoMachine's NX Web Companion as well to provide users with links within their project management system to pre-configured NX sessions. Systems Analyst Matt Cowan said, “NX Web Companion eliminates the steps of downloading, installing and configuring, allowing users to dive right into their session without any delay.”

The national laboratories were created to solve scientific problems that require world-class facilities and resources beyond the capability of most universities and private industry. NoMachine NX currently provides remote access to a large number of these facilities and resources at the national laboratories in the Department of Energy. With NX, these valuable resources are made easily and readily available for researchers, scientists and students at geographically dispersed locations around the world.


About NoMachine

Based in Rome, Italy, NoMachine is the creator of award-winning NX software, an enterprise-class solution for secure remote access, application delivery, and hosted desktop deployment. Since 2001, NoMachine's mission has been to revolutionize the way users access their computing resources across the Internet to make seamless desktop access as easy and widespread as Web browsing. NoMachine provides a comprehensive software infrastructure stack, core development, and support services built around the self-designed and self-developed NX suite of advanced components. For more information about NoMachine NX technology visit

About DOE National Laboratories

The Department of Energy's overarching mission is to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States; to promote scientific and technological innovation in support of that mission; and to ensure the environmental cleanup of the national nuclear weapons complex. The Department of Energy's largest science and energy lab, Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) is a multi-program science and technology lab. Argonne National Laboratory is one of the U.S. Department of Energy's oldest and largest national laboratories for science and engineering research. Brookhaven is a multi-program national laboratory operated by Brookhaven Science Associates for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Berkeley Lab is a member of the national laboratory system supported by the U.S. Department of Energy through its Office of Science.