Scientific Development and Visualization Laboratory (SDVL)

SDVL The primary mission of the Scientific Development and Visualization Laboratory (SDVL) is to serve the high-end research needs of the entire MSI community in basic computational research and visualization. Its mission is also to provide an entry point for MSI users to become familiar with MSI staff and resources. The lab provides Institute researchers with access to Linux, Windows, and Mac workstations, hardware and software for the production of videos, and associated software and technical support. SDVL also hosts most of the MSI tutorials.


The Scientific Development and Visualization Laboratory consists of two rooms in Walter Library:

575 Walter Library, Workroom A

Workroom A has 12 Linux workstations. In addition, the room is also fitted with a projection system and is used as a tutorial room for MSI presentations.

585 Walter Library, Workroom B

Workroom B has a mix of Linux workstations, and Windows PCs including one with scanning facilities. It is configured for hands-on workshops and is set up so that everyone has a clear view of the front of the room. When not being used for workshops, it is used as a general purpose computer lab.


Researchers with SDVL accounts can have 24-hour access to the SDVL, seven days a week. Access is controlled through your U Card.

Getting U Card Access

To get physical access to the SDVL, you need to have an active MSI lab account and an active U Card. Either bring your U Card to the MSI administrative office in 599 Walter any weekday between 8:00am and 4:00pm to be verified, or send the following information to with the subject heading "U-Card Access to the SDVL."  In the email  provide:

  • your full legal name
  • your MSI user name
  • your student/staff ID number
  • your U Card number
  • your primary PI
  • the email you would like associated
  • and your phone number.

It may take until the next business day for your U Card to be programmed.

Getting Help

For all technical support questions, email, call 612.626.0802, or visit room 587 Walter Library, near the SDVL.


The lab provides Institute researchers with access to Linux, and Windows workstations along with the associated software. For a complete listing, visit the SDVL Hardware webpage.