The power of dragons

UAB secures more research funding every year than all other universities in Alabama combined, bringing high-impact innovations as well as jobs and a tremendous economic benefit to Birmingham, Alabama and beyond. UAB also houses Alabama’s fastest high-performance computer, which supports more than 1,000 researchers with research portfolios in excess of $125 million annually. These researchers are intent on changing the world

Cheaha Supercomputer

Cheaha Supercomputer

UAB’s high performance supercomputer. Learn how it can help you and get started.

Featured Research

Featured Research

Learn how researchers at UAB save lives and propel their results.

Helpful Resources

Helpful Resources

Learn about opportunities for collaboration and training.

We’re here to help you

UAB IT Research Computing provides comprehensive support for researchers that use Cheaha, develop and maintain the cluster, and provide advanced software and consulting support if needed by researchers. Research Computing staff also maintain proposal support documentation, such as letters of commitment and facilities descriptions, to allow researchers a tighter focus on their projects.

Virtual Office Hours

  • Mondays 10 am - noon
    held virtually via Zoom
  • Thursdays 10 am - noon
    held virtually via Zoom.
Contact us to make an appointment.
Phone: 205-996-4300:

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Data Science Club

A weekly exploration of the practical use of data science

Fridays 9:30 - 10:30 am, held virtually via YouTube.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How do I get an account?

    Please use our self-service account registration by visiting the Login using Single Sign-on (SSO) with your UAB Campus (BlazerID) credentials and fill in the form to create your account automatically. For more details please visit our documentation.

  • What is Cheaha?

    Cheaha is a campus resource dedicated to enhancing research computing productivity at UAB. Cheaha is managed by UAB Information Technology's Research Computing group (UAB ITRC) and is available to members of the UAB community in need of increased computational capacity. Cheaha supports high-performance computing (HPC) and high throughput computing (HTC) paradigms.

  • Can my external collaborator get an account?

    Yes, please follow these instructions to get an account for your external collaborator.

  • How do I log into the Cheaha cluster?

    Go to in your web browser (Chrome works best) and login.

  • How much storage do I get with my Cheaha account?

    Every user gets 3 storage locations:

    • HOME : 20GB , mostly useful for scripts.
    • DATA_USER: 5TB. , for raw data.
    • DATA_SCRATCH: 500 TB, shared space, only to be used during analysis.
  • I'm new to Research Computing, how do I best proceed after getting an account on Cheaha?

    Please visit our Cheaha documentation for more information about using Cheaha.

  • I'm submitting a grant. What is an accurate description of UAB high performance computing resources?

    Check out the Grants & Publications section on the research computing resources page. Here you can find both a short and long description of HPC resources at UAB for grant and article submissions. If you need a letter of support, contact UAB IT Research Computing at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 996-4300. We are here to help!