EconLab


Welcome to the Economics Laboratory

The Economics Laboratory is located at 1115 E. 58th St. in room 302. Graduate students in Economics are invited to apply for an account for the lab to take advantage of these benefits.

Lab Profile

  • Laptop Access
    An addition to the new lab space is the installation of a small laptop area supported by a wireless network, allowing users to access files and programs on the University network from their own machines. In the lab there are AC plugs and space available for up to 5 simultaneous users.
  • Printing
    NSIT now provides printing services for the lab. Please click here for more information including printing FAQ's and NSIT contact information.
  1. Creating an Account for Athensx

    To obtain an account on the server you must first have an account with the university (a CNet ID). If you need to find out your CNet ID or you need to create one, you can do that here. Secondly, you will need to be a graduate student or staff with the Economics department. Undergraduate students are ineligible for accounts on Athensx unless they serve as research assistants for Economics Faculty.
    - Please ensure you meet the guidelines for an Athensx account.
    - If you meet the criteria listed, then apply at https://iota.src.uchicago.edu by logging in with your CNET ID and password. Your account request will be reviewed, then SSCS will approve it or request further information.

    Please familiarize yourself with the quotas in place for memory usage, storage and computation time. These quotas are in place to protect the shared resources of the department and are taken seriously by SSCS. Students are expected to abide within these policies if they are to use the systems.

  2. Processing Power
    Core statistical applications (SAS, Stata, Matlab, S-Plus, & R) run on a Dell R920 server consisting of four 3200 MHz Intel Xeon eight-core CPU processors and 2 TB of RAM, appreciably reducing program execution time. AMPL and the KNITRO solver are also available.
  3. Large Storage Space
    User disk quotas are set at 100GB per student user (faculty 500GB). File storage on the Dell server will also provide great stability, as well as allow remote access to user files.
  4. Remote Access
    Files and programs on the Athens\Athensx servers can be accessed remotly anywhere in the world. Files can be uploaded and downloaded using an SFTP client or through Windows file sharing (AKA. samba or smb). Samba shares from off campus require a VPN connection. Non graphical programs can be accessed with an SSH client. Graphical programs can be accessed by running a VNC session through an SSH tunnel.
    File Access
    Program Access
  5. Users should consider using RealVNC to access Athensx both from the lab as well as from home as it allows you to disconnect a session while your jobs are still running, and to reconnect from other locations. Information regarding how to setup RealVNC once an account is created can be found here.

    Further information regarding running server programs and about available software is available at https://sscs.uchicago.edu/page/server-support-faqs#software
  6. Dell Workstations in Saieh 001
    The Lab has been outfitted with 17 Dell Precision T1700 workstations running Windows 7 with 3.5 GHz Intel Xeon E3-1270 v3 processors, 32 GB RAM, CDRW/DVD drives, & flat panel screens to provide greater desk workspace.
  7. Roaming Profiles
    In addition to file storage, the server also stores roaming profiles for each lab user. What this means is that users can save their own settings for the appearance of the desktop, program shortcuts, environment variables, etc. and have these settings load automatically when logging in to any of the 17 workstations. *Note that roaming profiles only apply when logging in to a lab machine, not when logging into the server remotely.

    Large files left on the desktop can seriously increase the amount of time required to login to the system. Be sure to move files from your desktop to your Z Drive space.



     
  8. Laptop Access
    An addition to the new lab space is the installation of a small laptop area supported by a wireless network, allowing users to access files and programs on the University network from their own machines. In the lab there are AC plugs and space available for up to 5 simultaneous users.
  9. Printing
    NSIT now provides printing services for the lab. Please click here for more information including printing FAQ's and ITS contact information.

File services in the lab

Each individual with a server account has 100GB of available file storage. When you log onto a lab machine your space on the server is automatically mapped to your My Documents and your Z Drive.

File services off campus

For security reasons, the perimeter firewall of the University of Chicago campus network blocks incoming network traffic from off-campus that attempts to access the Windows File Sharing service on campus computers.  You cannot directly use Windows File Sharing (also known as SMB or samba) to access your files from off-campus locations.

There are two main methods to access your files when off-campus: 1) using an SFTP (secure file transfer protocol) program and 2) using the University’s VPN software in combination with Windows File Sharing.

Processor Services

The central purpose of this server is to provide access to powerful software packages for performing statistical analyses and other computationally intensive tasks.  In order to run these applications on Linux you have three options SSH, VNC, Xwin32. Instructions for accessing programs can be found here.


You can click here for additional help with running statistical applications in UNIX.