From: Simon Etter (
Date: Tue Mar 11 2014 - 11:04:22 CDT


I don't quite understand what you are saying. Is the remote/compute server broken, or is it a problem on my local machine? As already stated in
the original question, I consider the first option unlikely, because things work when using a different local machine.
Regarding the proposed protocols, as far as I understand (which admittedly is not far at all) I would have to install a new server application
on the compute server. If so, then their usage is ruled out because I don't have root access to the compute server.

Thanks a lot for your help!

On 11/03/14 16:41, John Stone wrote:
> Hi,
> Yeah, that indicates that your X server isn't doing
> GLX protocol for remote OpenGL properly. I would suggest, as someone else
> did already, that you consider using a different remote display
> protocol such as NX, VNC, or otherwise, unless/until you can get your
> X server fixed.
> Cheers,
> John Stone
> On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 04:21:07PM +0100, Simon Etter wrote:
>> Hi John
>> Did as you told me:
>> $ glxgears
>> X Error of failed request: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation)
>> Major opcode of failed request: 154 (GLX)
>> Minor opcode of failed request: 3 (X_GLXCreateContext)
>> Serial number of failed request: 21
>> Current serial number in output stream: 23
>> On 11/03/14 16:10, John Stone wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> What X server are you running on your remote machine?
>>> It would seem from the messages below that your X server has some issues
>>> with support for GLX protocol (remote OpenGL). Can you run 'glxgears'
>>> remotely on the same setup?
>>> Cheers,
>>> John Stone
>>> On Tue, Mar 11, 2014 at 01:31:17PM +0100, Simon Etter wrote:
>>>> Hi!
>>>> I have a remote compute server on which I would like to run VMD and stream
>>>> the GUI to my local screen. Every time I start the application, it crashes
>>>> with the following error report:
>>>> Info) VMD for LINUXAMD64, version 1.9.1 (February 1, 2012)
>>>> Info)
>>>> Info) Email questions and bug reports to
>>>> Info) Please include this reference in published work using VMD:
>>>> Info) Humphrey, W., Dalke, A. and Schulten, K., `VMD - Visual
>>>> Info) Molecular Dynamics', J. Molec. Graphics 1996, 14.1, 33-38.
>>>> Info) -------------------------------------------------------------
>>>> Info) Multithreading available, 48 CPUs detected.
>>>> Info) Free system memory: 102376MB (79%)
>>>> Warning) Detected a mismatch between CUDA runtime and GPU driver
>>>> Warning) Check to make sure that GPU drivers are up to date.
>>>> Info) No CUDA accelerator devices available.
>>>> Warning) Detected X11 'Composite' extension: if incorrect display occurs
>>>> Warning) try disabling this optional X server feature.
>>>> XRequest.154: BadAlloc (insufficient resources for operation) 0x17
>>>> XRequest.154: GLXBadContext 0x3800001
>>>> Segmentation fault
>>>> I heard from other users of the same server that they did not have any
>>>> problems, so I assume this must be an issue on my local machine.
>>>> Any hint on how I could fix this?
>>>> Regards,
>>>> Simon
>>>> --------------
>>>> Further points:
>>>> I connect to the server using ssh -X.
>>>> Opening remote xterm and gnuplot windows works.
>>>> Local X windows version: 1.13.0