Remote Access Service
NCSU provides a remote access service that allows you to reserve a computer with a 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. Instructors that would like to request course access, please see these instructions.
Development of The Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) started in 2004 as a joint venture of the College of Engineering (COE) and the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to efficently use hardware investments and to provide remote access to a wide range of advanced compute requirements by both NCSU students, faculty, and researchers.
In November 2008, NCSU donated the VCL source code to the Apache Software Foundation (ASF) as part of on-going efforts to expand the VCL community and to foster open source development. NCSU continues to be heavily involved in the development of VCL through the open source community at ASF.
With the ongoing support from the College of Engineering, OIT, academic and corporate partners, the ASF VCL software installed at NCSU provides a service that successfully supports a wide range of users with diverse computing needs accross the UNC system.