Installation and Software Setup¶
Install TurboVNC and Strudel according to the instructions at http://vdi.nci.org.au/help.
The NCI released a new version of the Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) on 28/10/2020. If you are having trouble connecting to the VDI after this date (and did not have trouble before this date) please consult the most recent VDI FAQ help
Your institution may provide this software to be installed via an internal process. For example at Geoscience Australia, the software can be requested from the Software Service Management System (SSMS) [internal link only].
Connecting to the VDI¶
To setup Strudel to connect to the NCI, run the Strudel application, then:
Select File -> Manage Sites
Enter the details:
Name: NCI Virtual Desktops
Make sure the Active checkbox is ticked.
Site: NCI Virtual Desktops
Username: Your NCI username (eg
If the drop-down site list in Strudel remains empty, it most likely means
that the software is unable to retrieve the
such as due to firewall or network proxy configuration.
Setting up DEA¶
Once you have logged on to the VDI, you can install Digital Earth Australia.
From the Applications menu in the top left of the screen, choose System Tools -> Terminal.
In the terminal window run the command:
This will download the latest version of the Digital Earth Australia notebooks repository into your VDI home directory (e.g.
Once this has completed, click Applications menu in the top left of the screen, then Science. This menu will now include a new program called Digital Earth Australia.
You can then click this icon to launch Jupyter Lab with the Digital Earth Australia environment preconfigured. From within this environment you can access the notebooks from the User Guide, or create your own notebooks to work with Digital Earth Australia.
For more information about getting started with Digital Earth Australia on the NCI, refer to the Digital Earth Australia Notebooks wiki page.
Shutting Down VDI¶
After you have finished working on the VDI, any open terminals can be closed using the x in the corner of the tab and the VDI can be closed by clicking your name displayed in the top right corner of the VDI interface and selecting Quit. The Strudel window will subsequently also close after a few moments.
If you wish to disconnect from the VDI but keep the session running you can close the VDI window using the x in the top right corner of the window and select keep the session running when prompted by the Strudel window. Later you can reconnect to the VDI and resume the previous session.