Service Summary

The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) is a technological way of remotely delivering software to users, through the Internet, regardless of their physical location or the time of day. The VCL provides access to specialized software, in a safe computing environment, without the need to purchase or install it to one's personal device. Utilizing the VCL is easy and only requires an Internet-enabled computer and Mason credentials. Once logged in and connected, the VCL provides access to specialized software, in a safe computing environment, without the need to purchase or install it to one's personal device.

Key Features

Software currently available on the VCL includes:

Operating Systems:

  • Windows 10
  • Linux CentOS 7
  • Linux Ubuntu 14

Software:

  • ArcGIS 10.5
  • jGrasp
  • Mathematica 11.1
  • Matlab R2017a
  • R Studio
  • SAS 9.4
  • SPSS 24
  • STATA 15

Getting This Service

To use the VCL, users must first reserve a session via the online portal. To make a reservation on the VCL, visit www.vcl.gmu.edu.

Note: If using the VCL on a Mac, you will need a Remote Desktop Client. Remote Desktop Connection Client for Mac allows you to connect to a Windows-based computer and work with programs and files on that device from your Mac computer.Do not follow the Remote Desktop setup if it is already installed on your computer.

Availability

This service is available 24/7, excluding planned outages, normal maintenance windows, and unavoidable events. Maintenance windows are Sundays from 7 to 11 a.m. but may be extended to 2 p.m., if needed. If maintenance is required outside of these hours, it will be announced on the Alerts & Bulletins page.

Policy

All users of the George Mason University network must adhere to University Policy Number 1301: Responsible Use of Computing.

Additional Information

Additional departmental software may be made available. Please contact VCLhelp@gmu.edu for more information.