Computer Labs

Computing labs are offered by a number of Duke University departments. These labs support a variety of needs and are strategically located throughout the university. Duke also provides virtual computing environments that meet a variety of needs as long as users have internet access.

OIT Computer Labs

OIT supports 17 computer labs on Duke’s campus, including two Multimedia Project Studios. Most labs are open 24 hours a day while classes are in session, but some have limited hours. For more details on lab locations, hardware and availability, visit the lab locations and hardware page. You can also learn more about what software is available by visiting the lab software page.

Duke faculty and staff may reserve an OIT computer lab for Duke-related functions. During Fall and Spring semesters, computer labs may be reserved for a maximum of four hours per session. During Fall and Spring breaks, labs may be reserved for a full day. Please check the schedule for availability - OIT Lab Schedule & Availability.

To learn more about OIT’s computer labs, visit the lab FAQ page. If you have an issue with a lab or computer, report your problem to OIT.

SSRI Computer Labs

SSRI maintains a small public computer lab ( in Erwin Mill Bldg.), a mobile workshop/class (15 laptops), and one high-performance Windows cluster available to researchers and students across the Duke campus. We also support a group of virtual machines for sensitive data research through collaboration with OIT's Protected Network.

The Erwin lab is designed for individual use and workshops. All public machines are installed with software packages used by social science researchers, including Stata, R, SAS, SPSS, JMP, NVivo,​ ArcGIS, Mathematica, Matlab and Endnote. The cluster has a smaller subset of applications and is designed to meet the needs of computationally intensive nonsensitive research.

SSRI's Windows servers are designed for individuals in the social sciences who need access to machines capable of mid to high-end processing. Each node has 12GB of RAM and multiple cores for fast calculations. To access the servers, you will need to sign up to create an account and show your work meets the minimum need requirements. Windows users use the remote desktop client installed on the computer; Mac users need remote desktop software (Google "OSX remote desktop").

Software installed on each node includes: Stata 13, Stata 10, MP4, R, SAS, MATLAB, MPlus, ArcGIS, Gephi, winbugs, Atlas.Ti, Latex and Python. If there is software you would like installed, please contact ssricomputing@duke.edu, and we will do our best to accommodate the request.

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Interactive Computer Classrooms

Trinity College of Arts & Sciences Office of Technology Services (TTS) maintains a number interactive computer classroom (ICCs), or classrooms equipped with student workstations, an instructor console, course-specific software, and specialized multimedia equipment. ICCs are currently scheduled by the Registrar's Office, with priority in scheduling determined by the needs of the course. More information on the ICCs is available on the TTS ICC web site

Trinity College Arts & Sciences [TCA&S] classroom reservations for meetings and events are processed through the TCA&S Facilities Office by the Trinity College Scheduler.  Please submit your request using Duke University's 25LIVE web scheduling tool. If you would like to reserve an ICC for a specific date, please place your request through the Student Service Center Classroom Request Form. If you have questions about the ICCs, please write to tts-av@duke.edu.

The Virtual Computing Labs

Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) is a service that allows Duke users to reserve a computer with specialized software and access it remotely from anywhere that you have Internet access. Virtual machines are available for the current versions of Matlab (Windows XP/7 & Linux) as well as Microsoft Office (Windows XP/7). Course-specific images are also available for several schools. You can read more about our VCL here.

The Data and Visualization Labs

The Brandaleone Lab for Data and Visualization Services provides research computing for projects involving data analytics, data visualization, digital mapping, and statistics.  The lab is located on the first floor of Bostock Library in The Edge, and is open to all Duke affiliates during the Library’s operating hours.

12 workstations are available for use, and each has a suite of additional software installed including Stata, SAS, R, Matlab, Tableua, ArcGIS, and Avizo.  Each workstation has a quad-core processor and 16GB of memory for number-crunching, and dual 24” monitors. An additional 3 Bloomberg Financial Terminals are located in the lab and provide access to Bloomberg’s on-line service offerings for current and historical financial data.

The Murthy Digital Studio

Murthy Digital Studio is a shared space for collaborative learning of digital tools and approaches. Peer-to-peer learning is strongly encouraged and takes priority over solitary work. Computers in the Murthy Digital Studio provide low-barrier, immediate access to tools and content for qualitative research organization and analysis, publishing, and coding. The Murthy Digital Studio can be reserved in advance for groups or events supporting its program. Check The Edge calendar for upcoming events and contact staff at edge@duke.edu for questions about reservations and programming.