Ways to get work done

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This page is going to be a place to put different methods for getting computational work done at Duke. It was started because of increasingly slow speeds of programs like MATLAB and Maple over the Duke network on the login-teer machines.

Using a VCL

Duke has set up a system of virtual Windows machines. Information on using these is at the VCL page. The VCL will mount your CIFS (Unix home) drive, so you should store your files there just as you would if you connected to login-teer.

Using Your Own Computer

If you have a computer, you can use it to get work done. The section below will discuss installing programs as well as where you can save them.

Installing Programs

  • MATLAB is now free for all Duke folks - the link to the installer is at the MATLAB page in the infobox. There are installers for Win32, Win64, MacOS64, and Linux64. It requires on the order of 20 GB to install everything.
  • Maple costs $35 for students - the link to the installer is at the Maple page in the infobox. There are installers for Win32, Win64, MacOS64, and Linux64. It requires about 3 GB.
  • You can install a TeX distribution(Such as MiKTeX) and a TeX editor (such as TeXStudio) to edit LaTeX on your own computer. They are both free and open source.

Mounting your CIFS Folder

To mount your CIFS folder on your own computer, follow the instructions from OIT: