Facilities

The Department of Mechanical Engineering at UAB occupies a total lab space of more than 2000 square feet, with 1500 square feet of them being High Performance Computing (HPC) facility space that houses HPC clusters with more than 1,000 advanced computer processors that have a combined 5.0+ Teraflops computing capacity.  This facility is connected to the UAB campus network backbone through multiple Gigabit Ethernet connections. 

High Performance Computing Facility

DELL m600/m610 Xeon 64-bit Linux Cluster
This cluster consists of 24 DELL m600 blade compute nodes with dual Quad Core Xeon 3.0GHz processors with 16 GB of memory per node.
 
The cluster also contains 48 Dell m610 blade compute nodes with dual 6 Core Intel Xeon 2.66GHz processors with 48 GB of memory per node. The Dell m610 compute nodes can be combined into ‘fat’ nodes using ScaleMP software.
 
Both sets of compute nodes have QDR Infiniband inter-node network connections.
 
The cluster can access 43TB of high performance network mounted Lustre scratch space and 18 TB of GlusterFS NAS space for longer term storage.
 
The head node is attached to the 10 Gigabit Research Computing Ethernet network.
 
DELL Xeon 64-bit Linux Cluster
This cluster consists of 128 nodes of DELL PE1425 computer with dual Xeon 3.6GHz processors with either 2GB or 6GB of memory per node. It uses Gigabit Ethernet inter-node network connection. There are 4 Terabytes of disk storage attached to this cluster.  This cluster is rated at more than 1.0 Teraflops computing capacity.
 
Verari Opteron 64-bit Linux Cluster
This cluster is a 55-node computing cluster consists of dual AMD Opteron 242 processors, with 2GB of memory each node.  Each node is interconnected with a Gigabit Ethernet network and can access the 43 TB Luster scratch space as well as the 18 TB GlusterFS storage.
 
Supermicro Xeon 32-bit Linux Cluster
This cluster is a 10-node visualization cluster consists of Supermicro computers with dual Xeon 2.4GHz processors, 2GB of memory each node and 3-Terabytes of accumulative disk space.

Advance Visualization Display Systems

Multi-screen Immersive 3D Display (VisCube)
The four-walled VisCube immersive 3D display system is an affordable CAVE-like immersive virtual reality system. It features three large rear-projection walls and a front projected floor. The VisCube can be configured as a turn-key immersive virtual reality system, complete with a tracking system and graphics workstation. The VisCube makes use of the newest in bright digital projectors. The turn-key VR option adds the newest in PC graphics workstation hardware, a 6 DOF tracked input device (wand), and head tracking. The result is a system that outperforms much more expensive traditional VR hardware.

Passive Stereoscopic Display System (VisBox)
This display system is a one-wall, fully integrated, projection-based VR system with head-tracking and stereo display. The screen is 10 feet diagonal, which makes it significantly more immersive than other much more expensive systems. The VisBox uses dual-Xeon 2.4GHz LINUX PC with an nVidia dual-headed graphics card and bright projectors. The footprint of a VisBox is 8’x8’ and it is a few inches shy of being 8 feet tall, making it close to an 8’x8’x8’ cube. With this system, researchers can visualize their data in a stereoscopic virtual environment. This display system is a passive stereo display system in an all-in-one unit with 2 polarizing LCD projectors and 2 mirrors, precision-mounted in a custom frame. Users wear lightweight, inexpensive polarized eyeglasses and see a stereoscopic image. The system includes: Passive stereo with polarization; Solid-state projector with a resolution of 1024x768; Light output 2000 lumens; Wireless head tracking; 6DOF tracked input device; and Graphics workstation with Linux operating system.  It supports OpenGL and Visualization Toolkit (VTK) applicationsVisWall.

Tiled Display Wall System (VisWall)
At 8'x8' and the 3x3 configuration, the VisWall is capable of a combined screen resolution of 3000x2300 pixels. It provides users with a display solution to visualize data or images at an ultra-high resolution. High-end dual-processor Linux cluster with nVidia graphics cards are used to drive the graphics applications. This is a scalable solution, which means that we can expand the number of tiles to m x n to increase the combined resolution as the budget permits. A 10-node dual processor Linux cluster drives this nine-tile display wall. The software synchronizes images at the tile interface. This provides an ultra-resolution visualization capability for very large-scale images. A Linux PC console communicating through high-speed Myrinet network drives the VisWall.  Each computer is connected to a projector that contributes 1024x768screen resolution in the overall projection area. 
 
DNP Holo Screen Display, 60”pict0659
The transparent display allows viewers to look at and see through the screen that makes the image as is suspended in mid-air.  It gives an impression of almost-3D depth.