For use in our production environment some authentication would
be needed:
- for any environment with licensed software we would
need to be able to ensure that the terms of the license agreement
were being satisfied 
- just for access to university resources would need to be able to
show that resource was not being 'given' away

However, would be highly desirable there to be only one login 
and even better if previous logins during same session would
carry over.. e.g. I need to use matlab - click matlab icon and
login, I'm done with matlab but now want to use solid works 
- would be ideal if didn't have to login to solid works but rather
it still remembered I was authenticated from having logged into

Would like for process that installs the icon to also install
whatever other software is required to run the app 
(or ensure the other software already installed). e.g. ssh client 
and maybe X Windows server for Linux based app, or RDP
client for Windows based app, etc.

Also, I believe that to support icon on desktop type launch
there would need to be reasonably high assurance that
an instance of the app would be available. Would like
to be able to specify that minimum of n instances of an
app should  be kept ready for new reservations - when
available number falls below n AND idle resources are
available (where idle would not count instances of 
images that are there to meet minimum requirements)
reclaim an idle resource and load another instance of
the app. Generally I expect n=2 or even n=1 would be
sufficient to ensure app instances available.


On Feb 8, 2012, at 11:56 AM, Josh Thompson wrote:

> I've been hearing interest in an "icon on the desktop" type of access to
> VCL. The idea being that you could have some kind of broker script/app that
> can be run which will interact with the VCL API to create a VCL
> reservation,  wait on it to be deployed, and then connect to the reserved
> system (ideally without requiring the user to log in to the reserved
> system). That app could then just be launched through an icon to gain
> access to a VCL provisioned system.
> Several years ago,  I wrote something along the lines of this in python/tk.
> That was more of a proof of concept and would need a good bit of work to be
> useful to others.
> I'm starting this thread to start gathering information on who is
> interested in this idea and what requirements you would have for it. I'd
> also like to know if anyone would be interested in helping with the
> development of it.
> So, if you have any interest in this,  please reply to this thread with
> -requirements you would have
> -how you would envision it to work
> -any interest in development of it
> Thanks,
> Josh
> -------------------------------
> Josh Thompson
> VCL Developer
> North Carolina State University

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