Opening remote datasets/directories in AFNI

Dear AFNI developers,

Kind of an odd question, but… I often need to open datasets sitting in remote servers: I ssh into the server with X11 forwarding, start afni there and try to work this way, but it can be very slow due to the heavy message passing of the graphical interface through ssh. Is there is a way to use the local afni machinery, that is, starting afni locally and just open a remote dataset/directory in an ssh tunnel? If not (I am assuming not), would that be something worthwhile for consideration in a future implementation (I am rooting for yes :wink:

thank you for your attention