UTSA's Research Computing Support Group Host the Site-Visit with the Texas Advanced Computing Center

February 23, 2018

A room full of people with a presenter in the front discussing information on a large screen

(Ari Kahn Ph.D., giving a presentation on the TACC services available.)


Written by: Danicia Steele, Communications Specialist


The UTSA Office of Information Technology (OIT) hosted a UTSA site-visit with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) on Friday, February 16, 2018. The site-visit involved a special guest presentation from TACC’s Human Translational Genomics Coordinator Ari Kahn Ph.D., and was facilitated by OIT’s Director of Research Computing Support Brent League. The event was held at the UTSA main campus in Bexar Room (HEB UC 1.102) and was open to all UTSA faculty.


Brent standing with a woman who is carrying a notebook during open enrollment

(Brent League providing information during the Open Enrollment Forum.)

TACC is known to design and deploy the world's most powerful advanced computing technologies and innovative software solutions to enable researchers to answer complex questions. Every day, TACC's staff members work with hundreds of researchers, allowing them to discover and develop new products, renewable energy sources, and visualize the explosion of a star, among many other notable discoveries.

From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. the crowd was welcomed and given a presentation from Dr. Kahn. In the beginning, League introduced the guest speaker and provided information on the research resources available on campus at no additional cost.  The resources include the UTSA Advanced Visualization Lab (VizLab), UTSA’s own High-Performance Compute Cluster (Shamu), and more. The presentation “TACC for Non-STEM and STEM Research” introduced the faculty to the benefits of having a TACC account and how their tools are beneficial for research in all areas.


room full of people sitting in chairs in the Visualization Lab

(Faculty and staff at the 2018 TACC Presentation.)

“My goal is to get as many people at UTSA to utilize TACC resources because the tools are free and available to all UTSA faculty and staff,” said Dr. Kahn. “The UT System subsidized TACC to make these systems available and beneficial to the UTSA community.”

During the presentation, Dr. Kahn provided an overview of what TACC is and presented “TACC at a Glance” as he described their infrastructure and the available services and resources. The available resources include:

  • High-Performance Computing Clusters
  • Visualization and GPGPU
  • Data Intensive Computing
  • High-Performance storage and data management

At the end of the presentation, Dr. Kahn provided examples of a variety of research projects that are currently taking place with other TACC account users both STEM and Non-STEM research. The floor then opened up for Q & A followed by a one-on-one enrollment forum where faculty met individually with a TACC representative for questions and assistance with opening a TACC account.

UTSA faculty and students can visit the TACC website to request an account.

For more information on the UTSA research computing resources available on campus, please click here.