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Geography Laboratories

Geography Computing Facilities

Our state-of-the-art remote sensing and Geographic Information System (GIS) computing laboratory is located in the West Building for use by postgraduate students and staff.

This facility contains 16 PCs and is open to postgraduate students and staff. In addition to the Managed Desktop Service software, a suite of specialised software is installed on these computers. A list of the specialised software can be found on the Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory software page.

Within the department we have HTCondor, an open-source high-throughput computing software framework. This allows us to use spare CPU (Central Processing Unit) cycles from unused PCs to provide a common resource for distributed and parallel processing when users have jobs that have a high compute-to-data ratio. We also have access to the University's high performance computing service, the Hamilton cluster, for solving numerically intensive programming problems.

The Department has a number of laptops including ruggedised models, allocated for fieldwork and a designated laptop for use with the Niton handheld pXRF. These are available for postgraduate students and staff use.