Cheaha Supercomputer

UAB IT Research Computing maintains the Cheaha Supercomputer. Named after the Cheaha mountain, or Mount Cheaha, the highest natural point in Alabama. Cheaha is currently the largest and fastest supercomputer in the state of Alabama with a theoretical throughput of approximately 528 TFLOPS and consists of over 3500 CPU cores and 72 NVIDIA-P100 GPU’s. Cheaha is supported by a high-speed parallel filesystem that can store 6 PB of data (raw) interconnected by a high speed infiniband network.

Cheaha is a campus resource dedicated to enhancing research computing productivity at UAB. UAB researchers use Cheaha for wide variety of research such as genomics, neuro-imaging, machine learning, statistical genetics, cancer detection etc. Cheaha is available to members of the UAB community in need of increased computational capacity.

Reduced Time

Reduced Time

342 days of processing time reduced to less than one day for non-linear warping

Accelerated Pipelines

Accelerated Pipelines

Bioinformatics pipelines accelerated from weeks to hours

Image Processing

Image Processing

118,000 MRI images processed to detect cancer in less than 12 hours

Easy Access

Easy Access

Use Jupyter notebooks, R, and other analytical tools on the cluster through your web browser

Storage

Storage

Every user gets 3 storage locations: 20GB useful for scripts, 5TB for raw data, and 500TB for analysis.

Request an Account

Getting started with High Performance Computing at UAB is easy. All you need to request an account is your BlazerID and a brief statement of your research interests and their need for HPC. With these in hand, send an email over to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an account. Then you can access the cluster through our web interface at rc.uab.edu.

Additional Learning Resources

Contact us

Monthly Training

Second Wednesday of each month
1 - 2:30 pm, held virtually via YouTube.

  • Job Scheduling
  • GPU Computation
  • Jupyter Notebooks
  • Requesting Resources

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.

  • 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.