VirtualBox image for SoHPC visualisation training day

We will be using the latest stock CentOS 7.1 Linux with development additions, VisIt, ParaView, OpenFOAM and TeXlive installed. 

1. Please install the latest VirtualBox (4.3.28+) from https://www.virtualbox.org/wiki/Downloads for your 64 bit system. 

2. To download the image with the browser use the following link:

https://ueQKdCBG:Dkn3W%7Duh@bts.bsc.es/ueQKdCBG/SoHPC.vdi.bz2

The server will be available until 16thy of August 2015. If you have phising problems then just login to the web page https://bts.bsc.es/ueQKdCBG
and log in using the credentials below.
Username: ueQKdCBG
Password: Dkn3W}uh

FTP protocol is available too if you really have problems downloadig the image.

The Virtual Disk Image is bzip2 compressed of 3.7GB. When uncompressed it will take 12GB. MD5 sum for the compressed disk image MD5 (SoHPC.vdi.bz2) = 4a410c6be8defc8290aece2265c7655c

3. Minimum recommended requirements for running the virtual machine:

  • 64 bit laptop with VirtualBox, single core and some recent processor. Enable VX-d or other virtualisation options in BIOS if you see just 32 bit machines on the VirtualBox list.
  • 2GB RAM for Virtual Machine
  • 14GB free disk space for expanding VDI and additional 4GB for image download (18GB free space)

If you have more than this you will not benefit much if setting more RAM and CPUs. 

4. Creating the virtual machine:

  1. Decompress the image by using Mac and Linux console: bzip2 -d  SoHPC.vdi.bz2. Windows WinZip or RARlab or 7zip shoud know how to decompress it.
  2. Create new Virtual machine in the VirtualBox Manager GUI
    1. Name: SoHPC
    2. Type: Linux
    3. Red Hat 64 bit
  3. 2GB to 4GB RAM
  4. Use existing virtual hard drive file and select it by browsing with GUI.
  5. Start the VM and press enter for autologin. For network connectivity enable Wired network in the top right bar each time or create bridged instead of NAT. You may add some CPUs too if you wish.
  6. Full screen can be obtained and leaved by Host-F (Ctrl-F or cmd-F key).
  7. Select your keyboard or add your preffered layout instead of the default one (see flag top right).
  8. Type paraview in the Terminal window and add Source->Cone->Apply within ParaView to rotate something and to test that everything works.
  9. Power off the machine by using top right bar (campus) 

There is no password for campus username and one can gain root by simply stating sudo su and maintain you machine as you wish by searching your missing packages with yum search <missed feature> and yum install <my package>.

There should be 1.2GB free space available to you. 1GB swap is helping RAM to get you through the tutorials. Tutorials are already download and under Download, sohpc and OpenFOAM directories. The latter may be erased at some point and will give you additional 3.7GB disk if you will continue using the virtual machine over the summer.

In case of troubles contact Leon Kos during the breaks to resolve them before we start the tutorials on Friday. You may borrow USB key too. Do not overload WiFi.