Running a Simulation Off-campus (Windows)


In order to actually use CASE to run a simulation from your local machine off-campus, there are a couple more tools needed. This is because you need to actually start the simulation within Eclipse, but the instance of Eclipse needs to be running on a machine on the Trinity University Computer Science network to interact with CASE (as far as I can tell, at this point). The tools we will use are the only ones I have tested that work. The applications are Cygwin and Cygwin/X. This guide is for getting these tools set up on a Windows machine (I have successfully tested these on Windows XP as well as Windows Vista).


Cygwin is a Linux-like environment for Windows. It consists of two parts:

  • A DLL (cygwin1.dll) which acts as a Linux API emulation layer providing substantial Linux API functionality.
  • A collection of tools which provide Linux look and feel.


This is the main tool we need to use. We need Cygwin as well, because Cygwin/X is an extension of it. Cygwin/X is a port of the X Window System to the Microsoft Windows family of operating systems. Cygwin/X runs on all recent consumer and business versions of Windows; as of 2003-12-27 those versions are specifically Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Server 2003.

I am currently testing Cygwin/X with Windows Vista. So far, no problems.

Basically, Cygwin/X allows you to run applications, with a graphical user interface (GUI), from a Linux machine, across the internet. This is very cool. The only drawback is that it is painstakingly slow. Once I ensure that this method is fully functional, I will search for faster, more efficient methods of running simulations off-campus. But for now, it will have to do.

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