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Computer Access

Virtual Computing Lab (VCL)

Don’t see the software you need? Check out NC State’s Virtual Computing Lab and click “Make a Reservation.” More info below:

“NCSU provides a remote access service that allows you to reserve a computer with the desired set of applications for yourself, and remotely access it over the Internet. This service is powered by the Apache Software Foundation’s Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) software.

You can use all your favorite applications such as Matlab, Maple, SAS, Solidworks, and many others. Linux, Solaris, and numerous Windows environments are now available to all NC State students and faculty.”

VCL homepage

Available software in METRC

Laptops can be checked out during normal business hours. Desktop use in METRC is also available.

When METRC is open, students have access to 7 Windows desktops. Students can also check out Mac and Windows 10 laptops from the circulation desk for 8 hours at a time.

Available software on short-term checkout laptops

PCSPSS, AMOS, R, R Studio, STATA, SolidWorks (limited and by request only)
MacSPSS, R, R Studio, STATA, Adobe Creative Cloud
ChromebookNo special software
Short-term laptops check out for 8 hours

Available software on desktops

  • 3ds Max (Autodesk)
  • Acrobat Pro (edit PDFs)
  • Adobe Suite (In Design, Photoshop, etc.)
  • Adobe CC
  • SPSS
  • STATA
  • AMOS
  • SAS
  • SolidWorks
  • R
  • R Studio

Available software on class-set laptops (instructor use only)

PCSPSS, AMOS, R, R Studio, STATA
MacSPSS, R, R Studio, Adobe Creative Cloud
Check out for one day, come in groups of 5

Available lab equipment/peripherals:

  • Wolfcopy print quota printer and copier – black and white, color
  • Wolfcopy plotter (poster) printer – use desktops to access
  • Flatbed and sheet-fed scanners
  • Book scanner
  • Interactive Touch Screens including Jamboard