Virtual Lab to Boost UTEP Research

IBM has pledged more than $90,000 in hardware to The University of Texas at El Paso that will bolster the University’s research capabilities. The Shared University Research Award will support a new High Performance Computing Virtual Research Laboratory (HPCVRL) at UTEP.

"This equipment and start-up support represents a substantial investment by IBM in our achievement of Tier One. Equally important, the gift reflects IBM's confidence in the quality of our faculty and the research they're conducting," College of Engineering Assistant Dean Manuel Pacillas said.

The laboratory enables shared memory computing, distributed memory computing, data storage, a suite of applications, as well as consulting and collaboration on computational issues for research purposes. Users will be able to access various databases remotely via the Internet through Cloud computing.

The gift is a cornerstone for cyber infrastructure that makes applications dramatically easier to develop and deploy. As such, the equipment expands the feasible scope of applications and computation, Pacillas said.

The new equipment shifts the University’s research engineers and scientists’ efforts away from information technology support and concentrates it on scientific and engineering research.

IBM officials believe a successful HPCVRL will have significant, positive short- and long-term benefits for UTEP and help the University achieve its goal of becoming a nationally recognized major research university. The award consists of IBM hardware and IBM services to assist with the project implementation.

IBM Global Services, IBM’s professional consulting group, has implemented successful Cloud projects at other universities including VCL (North Carolina State University’s Cloud).