I've seen many questions regarding the connection to a Linux machine from a Windows one, but I need to do the opposite.

Situation: I have Mathematica on my Linux laptop (A) and I want to run a remote kernel on my Windows desktop (B) (which also has Mathematica)

Current solution: On A I have a kernel that opens in LinkMode so when I execute something it gives me a port and IP address of my machine. Then on B I use the LinkConnect function that allows me to run my computations on B's kernel.

Things to improve: I want to be able to do this automatically. One annoying part of this solution is that the numbers N,M that I use in the LinkConnect function (LinkConnect["N@IP-address,M@IP-address",LinkProtocol->"TCPIP") always change, so I have to retype them every time.

The other problem is that sometimes I use parallel functions e.g. ParallelTable[] but using this solution doesn't allow me to execute multiple kernels on B.

Questions: I think Mathematica comes with a way to do this connection in the background using Remote Kernels, but I don't know how to connect A with B using that.

  • Is it possible to connect from Linux to Windows using Remote Kernels? if so, how?
  • Will this allow me to execute parallel kernels in B?

1 Answer 1


The answer to my question is based on the answer to How to configure parallel remote kernels in Mathematica?. The solution is:

  • Install Cygwin on the B machine to have ssh. For a password-less access we need to copy the public keys of A to the autorized_keys file in B.
  • In A open Mathematica, go to Preferences->Parallel->Remote Kernels and hit Enable Remote Kernels. There we input the hostname of B, select the number of Kernels we want and check Enable
  • Check Use custom launch command and paste the following text in the box:

    java -jar
    `3`@`1`  "/cygdrive/c/Program\\ Files/Wolfram\\
    Research/Mathematica/10.0/math.exe -mathlink -linkmode Connect `4` 
    -linkname '`2`' -subkernel -noinit >& /dev/null &"

    where /usr/local/Wolfram/Mathematica/10.0/ is the installation path of Mathematica in A and c:\Program Files\Wolfram Research\Mathematica\10.0 is the installation path in B.

Then writing



{"xxxxx-laptop", "xxxxx-laptop", "xxxxx-pc", 
"xxxxx-pc", "xxxxx-pc", "xxxxx-pc"}

which corresponds to 2 local Kernels from A and 4 remote Kernels on B.

The advantage of using this method is that all these Kernels can be used for parallel computation (which answers my second question).


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