How do I obtain a graphical connection using the NICE system?

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NICE is a web-based interface for remote access to MSI resources including remote graphics. NICE can be used on Linux, Mac, or Windows. To use NICE, you must perform an initial setup on your computer of a client called DCV. Once that is installed, you will be able to access NICE from your web browser. Here are the steps for setting up NICE and starting a session.

Notes: When running graphically intensive applications on NICE, do not use isub, as that will decrease graphics performance. NICE is not accessible via ssh. Users looking for CUDA or GPGPU acceleration should use the Mesabi GPU nodes.


  1. Open a web browser to . Note that to connect to NICE, you must either be connected through U of M Secure network on campus, or be connected through the University's VPN.
  2. Log in with your MSI username and password.

3. On the left side-bar click "Download DCV client." Select the appropriate version for your computer and install it. Please uninstall any previous version of NICE first. Note that installing the client on Linux will uninstall any other version of VirtualGL/TurboVNC you have installed. If you are installing on Mac, you need to control-click on "DCV Endstation" in Applications and open it, and then accept the unsigned software warning. This only needs to be done once.

When installing the client, if prompted to restart click yes.

NOTE: If the DCV Client does not work, we recommend the use of VNC Viewer. It is more stable and reliable than that of the NICE DCV Client, especially for Mac OS. 


4. In the top right corner of the page, there is a link labeled "Settings." There you will be able to set the default display resolution of the NICE session to suit your needs, so if the NICE session takes up too much space on your screen, or isn't large enough for you to see very well, it can be changed here.

5. After you have installed the client, back on the NICE website, click one of the options associated with the amount of time, memory, and GPU usage you require. You may be confronted with an error with the VNC signature. If this is the case, just click yes and proceed. Your web browser should then launch a VNC viewer with a desktop.

6. From there, you can open a terminal, load modules, and run any lab-installed software. To check that DCV acceleration is working, open a terminal and run "dcvtest".