VSCode

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Introduction

Visual Studio Code (VSCode) is a popular editor for developers. It has some plugins that allow users to run the editor on their local computer and connect via SSH to a remote system. In the case of an HPC cluster, this is suboptimal, as VSCode will just connect to one of the login nodes and start a large number of threads there. Our system administrators are regularly checking the login nodes and are warning users that are overloading a login node. Users that repeatedly overload login nodes will temporarily be banned from accessing the cluster.

Solution for using VSCode on an HPC cluster

The main (closed source) branch of VSCode cannot be integrated with the batch system and the developers refuse to implement such features (https://github.com/microsoft/vscode-remote-release/issues/1722). But there is also an opensource version of VSCode. A fork of the opensource version called code-server allows users to run VSCode in a browser window, which resolves most issues related to running it on an HPC cluster.

Preparation

The preparation steps only needs to be done once.

  • Login to the cluster
  • Switch to the new software stack, either using
env2lmod

for the current shell, or

set_software_stack.sh new

to set it as permanent default (when using this command, you need to logout and login again to make the change becoming active)

  • Load the modules required for code-server
module load gcc/6.3.0 code-server/3.9.3
  • Start the code-server once with the command code-server
[sfux@eu-g1-043-1 ~]$ code-server
[2021-04-21T12:27:29.229Z] info  code-server 3.9.3 fe2dc2deb08e378069891b622bb62ad1d261d1b1
[2021-04-21T12:27:29.235Z] info  Using user-data-dir ~/.local/share/code-server
[2021-04-21T12:27:29.249Z] info  Using config file ~/.config/code-server/config.yaml
[2021-04-21T12:27:29.249Z] info  HTTP server listening on http://127.0.0.1:8080
[2021-04-21T12:27:29.249Z] info    - Authentication is enabled
[2021-04-21T12:27:29.249Z] info      - Using password from ~/.config/code-server/config.yaml
[2021-04-21T12:27:29.249Z] info    - Not serving HTTPS

This will setup the local configuration (including a password for you) and store it in your home directory in $HOME/.config/code-server/config.yaml

  • After the server started, terminate it with ctrl+c

Workflow

  • Login to the Euler cluster
  • Switch to the new software stack, either using
env2lmod

for the current shell, or

set_software_stack.sh new

to set it as permanent default (when using this command, you need to logout and login again to make the change becoming active)

  • Load the modules required for code-server
module load gcc/6.3.0 code-server/3.9.3
  • Start a batch job running the following shell script
#!/bin/bash

port=$((20000 + $RANDOM % 45000))
local_port=8899
ip=$(hostname -i)
code-server --bind-addr=$(hostname -i):${port}
echo "ssh -N -f -L localhost:${local_port}:${ip}:${port} ${USER}@euler.ethz.ch" > $HOME/VSCode_tunnel
  • Setup an SSH tunnel using the command stored in the file $HOME/VSCode_tunnel in your home directory on the cluster. The command for setting up the SSH tunnel needs to be executed on your local computer
  • Login with the password stored in your home directory $HOME/.config/code-server/config.yaml