SSRI maintains a small public computer lab (Erwin Mill), 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 first need to sign up to create an account and show your work meets the minimum need requirements. Once your account has been created, you may access instructions for accessing the cluster. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will do our best to accommodate the request.