NoMachine Transforms Desktop Computing for World-Ranked Universities


Top American research universities rely on NX to perform fast and accurate research from anywhere

Rome, Italy, Feb. 23, 2009 – NoMachine NX is being deployed in six out of the top 10 universities in the world according to The Times Higher Education Supplement for 2008 and seven out of the top 10 universities in the U.S. according to U.S. News’ America’s Best Colleges for 2009.

Many of these universities also make the list of Top 50 Research Universities in the U.S. according to The Center for Measuring University Performance 2007 Annual Report and use NX. Columbia University, the University of Chicago, and the University of Southern California are just a few that are using NoMachine NX to overcome many technology challenges common to academic researchers.

Multi-Platform Support – Columbia University
The Department of Neurology at Columbia University, ranked number one American research university in 2007, needed a solution that was able to manage large data sets for researchers using different operating systems. Fast application run-time was also a necessity for researchers working off-site.

“NX was an ideal solution,” says Catherine Schevon, assistant professor in the Department of Neurology. “It permitted a graphical interface on both Windows and Mac desktops using the same software with very minimal setup work. The response time, even when working from home, was unbelievably fast.”

NX’s ability to run on any operating system allows all of their researchers to access the programs and applications they need. The minimal setup work NX requires enables academic researchers to set up the NX Client and Server themselves without the support of IT. This allows them to have NX up and running in no time, preventing any delays in critical research.

Graphical Application Capability – University of Chicago
Another top-ranked research university, The University of Chicago, has been a leader in cancer research for more than 50 years, transforming cancer care and prevention. Ranked 8th university in the world and in the top 20 research universities in America, the Department of Radiology and Cancer Research Center at the University of Chicago needed a remote access solution to allow their researchers to access graphical desktops and applications on their High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster from anywhere in the world.

Before discovering NX, the Department had experienced performance problems with other various remote access solutions. NX was chosen as a network computing solution because they needed reliable high performance, even over low bandwidth dial up lines, multi-platform support, and most importantly support for the GLX extension required to run 3-D graphical applications.

Chun-Wai Chan, Senior Systems Administrator for the Department says, “With the advanced speed and functionality of NX, we can make a centralized facility accessible as if it were a local desktop, enhancing the productivity of faculty scattered across campus and off-campus collaborators. This helps to make interdisciplinary research possible by enabling the sharing of different strategies and techniques which would otherwise exist only in isolation.”

Mobile Access – University of Southern California
Another University performing and managing large amounts of research is the University of Southern California (USC), ranked 23rd American research university in 2007. Both the USC Earth Sciences Department and the Southern California Earthquake Center (SCEC) needed to provide researchers the ability to log into USC servers around the clock to monitor research results from various workstations in different locations.

NX was chosen to provide remote access and application delivery because of easy implementation and also because research can be performed in real-time across any platform. With NX, researchers also have the flexibility to access their workstation environment from home or anywhere else they may be working from, while still producing accurate results.

“The graphics through NX were a great improvement from our slow and clumsy previous solution, which drastically slowed down our research,” says John Yu, Information Systems Director for the Southern California Earthquake Center. “We have now changed our whole computing model to include NX, allowing us to implement less heavy-duty workstations effortlessly saving us time and money.”

About NoMachine
NoMachine is the creator of award-winning NX software, an enterprise-class solution for secure remote access, application delivery, and hosted desktop deployment. Since 2001, NoMachine’s mission has been to revolutionize the way users access their computing resources across the Internet to make seamless desktop access as easy and widespread as Web browsing. NoMachine provides a comprehensive software infrastructure stack, core development, and support services built around the self-designed and self-developed NX suite of advanced components.

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