I am trying to launch MATLAB on a workstation with the Parallel Computing Toolbox (2012a) from a laptop. I can ssh to the workstation and start MATLAB in two ways, but neither is fully functional. Using the -nodesktop option, the command window is displayed on the laptop and I can use the matlabpool command, but all figures appear on the workstation. If I launch with the -nojvm option, figures are displayed on the laptop (X11 forwarding has been worked out) but I can't use matlabpool because Java has been disabled.
Is there a way to have graphics forwarding while retaining Java support?
Why not just start MATLAB normally with the display forwarded? The main window will display and the figure windows will be forwarded. The huge downside is that if (when :)) your session is interrupted, you'll lose the desktop and figure windows and not be able to reconnect. For that case, VNC is likely a better option since you can reconnect later and not lose anything.