This Nectar Virtual Desktop Service enables researchers to easily access a Virtual Machine, with Desktop interface ready to go. There is no extra configuration required from the user, aside from choosing what kind of operating system they wish to use, and computing resources desired.


Operating system: types available are Ubuntu 20.04 and Centos7. 

Note: more options to be added in the future, including an R Studio focused system and TERN desktop.

Storage: A single 50GB volume will be included for the Operating System and Working Storage.

Resources: The default 2 virtual CPU Cores & 4GB RAM. 

Users will have the option to increase resources if the default is not sufficient for their computing needs. This can be done via the boost function, increasing resources to 4 virtual CPU Cores and 8GB ram.

Time: Once a user has started a Virtual Desktop, this desktop will be available for 14 days. After 14 days, the desktop will initiate an expiry process, with the instance shelved for 3 months, and then deleted. You will receive email reminders at each stage of the expiry process.

How to access it & use it: 
To access the Virtual Desktop, anyone with a AAF account can log in to the Virtual Desktop Service. For a tutorial on how to use the Virtual Desktop, view it here.


Instance: Another word for Cloud Computer, also used interchangeably with Virtual Machine. 

Shelving*: the resources your cloud instance is using for the Virtual Desktop will be freed up and back into the system for others to use. 

Working Storage: what you use to store your files, while using the Virtual Desktop.