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Using the SE rack systems from Windows

General information

To use the SE-racks on a Windows machine, you can set up an SSH connection. The following information needs to be supplied:

  • Hostname: (where XX is an integer number in the range [70, … ,74]; for students graduating in the MN or SE groups XX is in the range [70, … , 77], and [80,81])
  • Username: TUE+s123456 (include the TUE+ part literally; replace s123456 with your own student ID number)
  • Portnumber: 22 (which is the default value)

It is useful to enable X11 forwarding or tunneling, if your SSH application supports it. Furthermore, you will need an application to display the tunneled/forwarded X windows. This will for instance allow you to see plots during simulation with the CIF and Hybrid Chi simulators.

For tunneling under Linux use ssh with the -X option.

Applications to use

Below are several suggestions for applications you can use. Note that you can combine applications. For instance, you can use SSH Secure Shell together with Xming.

Xming is the recommended X windows server to use, because it requires much less space than Exceed.

Running the simulator directly under Linux does not require installation of a separate X windows server.

SSH Secure Shell/HCL Exceed

You can use SSH Secure Shell as SSH client and Exceed for displaying X windows. If you do not have SSH or Exceed, you can find them on the TUE software installation pages. In particular for SSH Secure Shell and Exceed (Install only the Exceed part of the Hummingbird software, you don't need all the other parts).

Perform the following steps:

  • Start Exceed: Start → Programs → COMMUNICATION → Hummingbird Connectivity 2006 → Exceed. This will start an X Window Session on the (Windows) PC. The Exceed toolbar will pop up. Just leave this one as is. Don't close it!
  • Start SSH Secure Shell: Start → Programs → COMMUNICATION → SSH Secure Shell V3.2.9 → Secure Shell Client.
    • Make sure that the settings are correct: Edit → Settings, under Profile Setting / Tunneling the option X11 tunneling should be enabled.
    • Open an SSH connection to one of the SE-racks: File → Quick Connect.
      • For hostname, username, and portnumber, see above.
      • Authentication Method: <Profile Settings> (which is the default value)
    • Answer Yes to the question related to Host Identification and enter your password.


  • Using SSH on windows to simulate may cause problems when locking your windows session. Sometimes the simulation will pause after a few minutes and will only continue when the session is unlocked.


You can use the following open source applications:

  • PuTTY, as SSH terminal. You can download it from here.
  • FileZilla, for file transfers. You can download it from here.
  • WinSCP, for file transfers. You can download it from here.
  • Xming X Server for Windows, for displaying X windows (like plot windows of the simulators). You can download it from here. You only need to install the binaries. In this case, you do NOT need HCL Exceed!

These four applications are open source. To get all functionality, you'll need PuTTY, Xming and either FileZilla or WinSCP.


A single application solution is UltraEdit, which has both SSH and (S)FTP capabilities incorporated. UltraEdit however, is NOT freeware. It also does not support X11 tunneling (which among others means you won't see any plots during simulations).

sesystems/using_the_se_racks_from_windows_using_ssh.txt · Last modified: Wednesday, 10 December 2014 : 10:51:38 by hvrooy