Connecting to OnDemand

Do you want to use Linstat but find the command line intimidating? OnDemand is a graphical user interface created to make Linux servers more user-friendly. OnDemand gives you a graphical "desktop" interface like Winstat or a regular PC or Mac, but also gives you access to all the programs and computing power available on Linstat. You can also use OnDemand to submit jobs to Slurm.

To access OnDemand all you need is a browser. Just get on the SSCC network using VPN (or log into Winstat), go to and log in using your SSCC credentials. It may take a few minutes to log in since it is gathering resources.

ondemand login screen

Starting a Linux Desktop Session

  1. From the Interactive Apps box or the drop down in the top bar, choose the SSCC Linux Desktop to create your session.
    ondemand landing page
  2. Click the Launch button. (It won't actually take long enough that you'll need an email.) 
  3. When your desktop is ready, a page will show information about the session you are about to start.  If you notice issues with the image quality you can change it using the slider on the session launch page. If you are off-campus you may find that increasing compression will improve performance.
    Launch session
  4. Click Launch SSCC Linux Desktop. For Edge users, when you launch your session for the first time it will ask if it should be allowed to access your clipboard and you should hit the allow button. This will let you copy and paste between your OnDemand session and your computer.

Your Linux desktop is very robust and will continue to run no matter what your computer does. If your computer loses its network connection or goes to sleep, it may not be able to reconnect to your session automatically. If not, just Launch it again from

We also have instructions on Working With OnDemand and how to do common tasks using the OnDemand interface.

Keywordsondemand, Linstat, gui, slurm   Doc ID130803
OwnerAmanda T.GroupSocial Science Computing Cooperative
Created2023-09-01 11:43:08Updated2023-12-06 10:40:55
SitesSocial Science Computing Cooperative
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