Luther one of 15 colleges to test concept of LabSTOR shared virtual computing lab

Oct. 12, 2010

Luther College is one of 15 colleges selected to test and evaluate a model for a shared virtual computing laboratory, LabSTOR. Software for the LabSTOR program will be made available to participating institutions for testing late this fall through spring of 2011.

The LabSTOR project will build a shared virtual computing laboratory that allows member campuses to make software applications remotely available to their students and faculty. The model aims to demonstrate the potential of the software and efficiencies that can be created by resource sharing.

The longer-term goal of the project is to create resources broadly available to nonprofit institutions of higher education. By pooling resources from multiple institutions, the project seeks to develop high-quality, cost-effective virtual computing services that can support teaching and learning.

LabSTOR seeks to create an independent nonprofit organization that will continue development and maintenance of a widely shared infrastructural resource.

The LabSTOR Collaborative Virtual Computing Laboratory is led by Allegheny College, Harvey Mudd College, Middlebury College and Occidental College. The National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE) will manage the proof-of-concept exploration, working in close coordination with LabSTOR.

Other colleges and universities participating include Luther College, Allegheny College, Carleton College, Colorado College, Harvey Mudd College, Kenyon College, Middlebury College, Millersville University, Occidental College, Rollins College, Smith College, University of Richmond, Wesleyan University, Wheaton College and Whitman College.