I am using mybinder.org to host some simulations that I am using for a lab course forced online by the COVID pandemic. In general, this is working quite well, and an example can be found at: https://tinyurl.com/yxr8493h
But, a persistent problem for the students is that page times out after a short time of inactivity, on the order of 5 minutes or so. Because the simulated experiments require some intermediate calculations, having to restart the application, and repeat some of the steps, can be quite frustrating.
Is there anyway to keep this from happening? Perhaps, by running a dummy process in the background?