BEAR Portal: Specific GUI Applications

The BEAR Portal provides web-based access to a range of BlueBEAR services. This page will give information on running the GUI applications that are available in the Portal and assumes that you have already logged in. The current GUI applications that are available include:
  • Abaqus
  • ANSYS Workbench
  • ParaView
  • Stata

Where the specific GUI apps do not provide access to an application, or where more flexibility it required when launching a GUI app, we provide the generic GUI app launcher.

Using GUI Applications in the BEAR Portal

From the menu bar, at the top of the page, select the 'Interactive Apps' menu. From this menu select the GUI application you are wishing to use. If you cannot see the 'Interactive Apps' menu when you log in to the BEAR Portal this means that you need to follow the steps listed in the Access to the BEAR Portal section.

portal-home-interactivemenuThis will bring up a page for you to specify options for your job, such as the BEAR project to use; the length of time you want to be able to use this for; the QOS to run the job against; the number of cores to use in your job; and the version of the GUI application you wish to use.


Once you are happy with the options select then you should hit the launch button at the bottom of the page. When you have done this a BlueBEAR job will be submitted to the cluster. The length of time you will have to wait for this job to start will depend on the resources you have requested - the more cores, or asking for GPUs, will mean that you'll have to wait longer for the resource to become available. When it is you'll see an option to connect to the GUI application.


Selecting the 'Launch ...' option will take you into the JupyterLab or RStudio Server instance. When you have finished you should select the 'Delete' option to stop the job and release the compute resources.

To see information from the setup of your BEAR Portal job (i.e. the Slurm job output and stats files) please refer to the Portal Job Output page. This output may also contain information from the specific GUI application launched.


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