(June 20, 2012) -- The Advanced Visualization Laboratory, a core facility of the UTSA SiViRT Computation Center has implemented DisplayCluster software, which was recently released by the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) at the University of Texas at Austin. The software supports a large-scale tiled display called a visualization wall and allows users to interact and view high-resolution imagery.
UTSA's visualization wall is made up of 24 30-inch Dell UltraSharp widescreen U3011 monitors with each monitor boasting twice as many pixels as a high-definition television. UTSA researchers in engineering, science, liberal arts and other disciplines who need to translate complex data sets into easily interpretable graphics representations use the visualization wall to further their science.
Since it was released March 27, DisplayCluster has gained attention from scientists and researchers across the country. UTSA began using the software in January as a test site, and Yusheng Feng, UTSA associate professor of mechanical engineering and director of the Simulation, Visualization and Real Time Prediction Center (SiViRT), immediately saw a noticeable improvement over previous software.
"The challenges we had with our visualization wall in the past were software-related," said Feng. "The operation of the wall was unreliable and inconsistent, so we never knew if we were going to be able to meet the needs of faculty and students making use of it. But, with our transition to DisplayCluster, the functionality of the wall has drastically improved."
TACC is one of the leading advanced computing centers in the United States. The center's mission is to enable discoveries that advance science and society through the application of advanced computing technologies. To fulfill this mission, TACC identifies, evaluates, deploys and supports powerful computing, visualization and storage systems and software.
The UTSA VisLab is managed by the College of Engineering SiViRT Center and is open to all UTSA faculty and students as well as their collaborators. The lab supports UTSA's mission of teaching, research and community engagement and contributes to UTSA's goal to recruit the world's top computational researchers.
For Ashaad Mabry and Triston Wade, football is not just a passing fancy. Both players were part of the UTSA football program almost from the beginning. When UTSA opens the 2015 season Thursday at Arizona, it will be the first time the Roadrunners take the field without them. But Mabry and Wade will still be playing football; their uniforms will just be a different color.
Mabry, a defensive tackle from San Antonio's MacArthur High School, was an honorable mention All-Conference USA selection his final two seasons as a Roadrunner and second among the team's defensive linemen with 49 tackles last year. Wade, a defensive back from Tyler, was the most decorated player in school history. He was a semifinalist for the 2014 Jim Thorpe Award – for the nation's top defensive back – a three-time all-conference honoree and two-year team captain who set a school record of 293 tackles in his career. Both men had outstanding college careers that allowed them to make UTSA history.
Did you know? Mabry and Wade both agreed to terms as undrafted free agents with the New Orleans Saints and Seattle Seahawks, respectively, becoming the first UTSA players to move to the professional ranks.
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As part of National Recovery Month, a panel of substance abuse practitioners and members of the recovery community will discuss issues related to substance abuse treatment and recovery.
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The UTSA College of Education and Human Development will host award-winning children’s author and illustrator Yuyi Morales. Morales will share personal stories that have influenced her work as an author and illustrator.
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