UTSA’s Research Computing Support Group Enhances the Shared High Performance Computing Cluster

March 31, 2017


(UTSA’s Research Computing Support Group at discussion about SHAMU)

 By Danicia Steele, Communication Specialist

The UTSA Research Computing Support Group (RCSG) provides computing, storage, and visualization resources to all UTSA faculty and students. UTSA has many research applications available to all majors including statistics, data analysis, molecular modeling, scientific and engineering simulation and visualization. In fall 2017, UTSA students, faculty, and staff will be welcomed with a newly improved SHAMU.


SHAMU is a centrally shared high performance computing (HPC) cluster currently comprised of

  • 52 physical servers.
  • 1784 Total CPU Cores.
  • 13 TB of shared memory.
  • 96 TB of shared disk storage.
  • 4 Nvidia Tesla K80 GPU nodes.
  • 1 node with 72 E7-8800v4 XEON cores and 1.5 TB RAM.

SHAMU has many different software packages available including: MATLAB, Abaqus, ParaView, VisIt, Visualization Toolkit (VTK), Octave, JAVA, Mathematica and LS-DYNA.




In fall 2017, the RCSG will be making updates to the data storage on Shamu. This enhancement will benefit the University by providing better data transfer rates as well as increased disk performance and capacity. Network connectivity to Shamu will also be increased from 1 GB to 10 GB.


(Visitors observing the UTSA VizWall)

The RCSG is working to ensure the technology resources available are beneficial to all students and are used as teaching tools to create collaborative learning methods for all majors. The technology and resources are available at no additional cost to the UTSA community and are also open to the non-UTSA community. There are several other resources available through the VizLab including:

  • The VizWall – VizLab’s 14.4' by 6' large visualization wall with high resolution up to almost 115 million pixels. (Nearly 100 times more clarity than commonly used household television sets) 24x 32 ASUS High Resolution Monitors.
  • NEMO- a fast GPU dominated cluster empowers the VizWall.
  • Oculus Rift- virtual reality (VR) headsets, which use state-of-the-art displays and optics designed specifically for VR.
  • HTC Vive - the latest augmented virtual reality device. Vive’s controllers are designed specifically for VR with intuitive controls and realistic haptic feedback.

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

For more information on UTSA SHAMU please click here