Economics Department Servers

The Economics Department operates a number of servers. All faculty members automatically get accounts on qed, the main machine, which handles electronic mail and the Department's web server. This machine is located in the university's data centre.  It is running Linux.   QED should never be used for CPU-intensive or memory-intensive programs.   The Department has numerous other servers for that purpose.

There are numerous other servers. All of them run Ox, Octave, and R. Many of them run Matlab and Stata, and several run Maple. All machines have up-to-date versions of TeX, along with the Fortran compilers g77 and gfortran, the C/C++ compiler gcc, and the Pascal compiler gpc.

If you are doing something that is very CPU intensive, you should experiment to see which architecture (i7 or Xeon) they are best suited to.

All of the machines in Dunning 211 share the same userids and home directories. A file created on one of them is available on all of them.

  • arrow:  A 4.0 GHz i7-6700K (4cores, 16GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • cox: A 3.4 GHz. i7-3770 (4 cores, 16 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • durbin:A 3.4 GHz. i7-3770 (4 cores, 16 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • frisch: A 3.4 GHz. i7 3770 (4 cores, 16 GB) running 64-bit Linux
  • gauss: A 3.6 GHz. i7 9700 (8 cores, 32 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • granger: A 4.0 GHz. i7 6700K (4 cores, 16 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • hansen: A 2.6 GHz. Dual Xeon E5-2690 (2x14 cores, 190 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • heckman: A 2.2 GHz. Xeon E5-2630 (20 cores, 64 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • johansen: A 2.2 GHz. Xeon E5-2630 (20 cores, 64 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • lovell: A 3.6 GHz. i7 9700 (8 cores, 32 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • markov: A 3.6 GHz. i7 4790 (4 cores, 16 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • rust: A 3.8 GHz. i7 3820 (4 cores, 8 GB) running 64-bit Linux. (Temporarily out  of service)
  • sargan: A  3.4 GHz. i7 2600 (4 cores, 8 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • tobin: A 3.6 GHz. i9 9900k (8 cores, 32 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • waugh: A 3.6 GHz. i7 9700 (8 cores, 32 GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • white: A 3.4 GHz. i7 4770 (4 cores, 16GB) running 64-bit Linux
  • wolpin: A 3.4 GHz. i7 3770 (4 cores, 16GB) running 64-bit Linux.
  • urquhart: A 2.5 GHz. Xeon E5-2430 (6 cores, 16 GB) running 64-bit Linux.  File server and administrative functions. 
  • QED: It provides email and web service for the department.  It is not part of the Dunning 211 cluster.
  • WWW: It provides web service for the department. It is not part of the 211 cluster
  • edith: A 3.33 GHz. i5-660 (4 cores, 4 GB) running Linux. It is not part of the Dunning 211 cluster.

Accounts on all servers can be obtained from Mark Babcock.

Revised, February 6, 2019

QED Software

  • Stata Corporation
  • TSP (available through the department)
  • - The university's portal site.  Software available to all students, staff and faculty under campus wide licensing is available on the software tab.


NOTE: Where software licensing restricts distribution of the software to Queen's students, staff and faculty, the software will only be available to WWW clients in the "" domain.

Queen's Computing Information Links

Workstation Status

Stata Virtual Server

To get access to our Stata Virtual Server please contact Mark Babcock ( or Ext 32277) for your NetID to be added to the service.  Once you have done that, you'll need to download the Cisco Anyconnect VPN client which can be found under the Software Centre on  Once you are logged in to the university's portal you will need to go to the software centre.  You will likely need to log in again.  The VPN software is located under utilities.  At this time download the Cisco AnyConnect VPN client.

Once downloaded and installed, here are the connection details you will use to connect to the VPN:

Address to connect to:

Once you click Connect, you’ll see the following warning:


This is fine, users can click Connect Anyway. You’ll then have to select a Group from a dropdown – the Group to select is ECONSTATA. Once selected, you can enter your NetID credentials for Username and Password then click OK

Group select.

Users will receive the Security Warning again but can again click on Connect Anyway.

Now you should be able to remotely connect to the server. Launch Remote Desktop Connection and enter as the computer name:

Pemote Desktop Connection Stata VM IP

For Mac users you will need to install Remote Desktop 10 through the app store.  It is provided by Microsoft.

If you will need to access your local computer for data files or Stata code you will need to configure Remote Desktop to allow that.  On the main screen click show options.

Remote Desktop Options

Select the Local Resources tab.

Remote Desktop Local Resources

Then select More...

Remote Desktop More

Make sure to check the Drives check box.  This will allow you to access your local computer's hard drives along with any drives you plug in later.  (USB stick or USB hard drive)  Go back to the General tab and save your configuration.

Once you click connect you’ll get a Remote Desktop Connection window asking if you trust the connection. Feel free to click “Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer” and then click Connect.  You will be prompted for your NetID and password.  You need to put ad\ in front of your NetID when you log in.  Feel free to save that information if you are not working from a public computer.

You are now connected to the Virtual Computer ITS has set up for us offer Stata to our students.  Stata 13 and Stata 16 are both installed.



To access your files on your local computer click on the file folder on the task bar.

File explorer view


Click the network icon.

Network view

Click the tsclient icon.



You will see a list of all of the drives available on your local computer that you can copy files from.  Click on the drive name to search through and find your Stata files.

Please contact Mark Babcock ( or ext 32277) if you run into issues.