OITs Research Computing Support Group Provides Students with Linux and HPC Training

{October} {28}, {2016}

by Danicia Steele at 9:39 AM in Campus Community, Interesting


This fall, four UTSA undergrad students from the College of Engineering were awarded the High-Performance Computing (HPC) Scholarship. The four students currently study Biomedical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering. The scholarship became effective for the students last month and provides them with the opportunity to become familiar with the HPC capabilities at UTSA and move their research to HPC information systems. The Office of Information Technology's (OIT's) Research Computing Support Group (RCSG) is collaborating with the College of Engineering to provide the students with the proper training for their scholarship.

The students obtained an account on Shamu, the largest HPC at the university, and will use the semester to get acquainted with Linux operating systems and learn how to use HPC systems for research. OIT's RCSG has been training the students every week in the UTSA Advanced Visualization Lab (VizLab), giving students Linux training, overviewing the visualization capabilities of the Vizlab, and showing the students the basics of programming. The VizLab consist of several resources including:

  • The VizWall - VizLab's 14.4' by 6' tall visualization wall.
  • SHAMU -the largest HPC cluster at the university.
  • NEMO- a smaller HPC cluster for the VizLab.
  • Oculus Rift-2 virtual reality (VR) headsets, which use state-of-the-art displays and optics designed specifically for VR.


At the end of the semester, the four students will give a presentation on their research accomplishments, emphasizing their familiarity with HPC. Director of Research Computing Support and Innovative Solutions Brent League elaborated on how this opportunity benefits both UTSA and OIT, stating, "this training provides more knowledge and educates  students who can help spread the word on UTSA resources, train, and assist others that are new to the information systems."

Click on the following link for more information on the UTSA Advanced Visualization Lab (VizLab)