[Chimera-users] run chimera remotely over nice dcv

Greg Couch gregc at cgl.ucsf.edu
Fri Apr 20 10:54:28 PDT 2018

Hi Mihajlo,

We don't have any experience with Nice DCV, perhaps some other user on 
the mailing list can help.  But guessing at possible problems, make sure 
that Chimera is displaying locally in Nice DCV virtual machine (the 
DISPLAY environment variable should be ":0"), and the remote display is 
done using the Nice DCV client.

If, instead, you're using X11's remote display capability, then you 
wouldn't need to use Nice DCV, any virtual machine technology would do 
(or not do) -- the trick there is to have compatible OpenGL drivers on 
both the virtual machine and your local computer (running the X11 
server).  Assuming compatible versions of Linux on both ends, you could 
copy libGL.so from your local machine to the Chimera's lib directory on 
the remote machine, and it should work.

     Good luck,


On 4/20/2018 5:07 AM, Mihajlo Vanevic wrote:
> Dear Chimera users and developers,
> We are trying to run Chimera remotely on our cluster via Nice DCV
> visualization software:
> https://www.nice-software.com/products/dcv
> This package provides GPU acceleration for OpenGL and
> DirectX applications. It indeed works for most of apps, however with 
> Chimera
> we get the following startup error
> X Error of failed request:  GLXBadContext
>   Major opcode of failed request:  152 (GLX)
>   Minor opcode of failed request:  5 (X_GLXMakeCurrent)
>   Serial number of failed request:  73
>   Current serial number in output stream:  73
> Our cluster visualization node has nvidia GeForce GTX 1080 Ti cards
> and nvidia drivers 384.81
> Chimera works if we use software mesa rendering, but it would be great if
> we can make it work remotely with hardware rendering.
> With kind regards,
> Mihajlo Vanevic
> Cryo-EM group, Utrecht University
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