Research Collaborations/Consulting

The mission of Research Computing staff is to support and advance research discoveries at UAB through partnerships with faculty and research groups. Our research scientists can collaborate with faculty on grant proposals and support them by providing cyberinfrastructure solutions for research projects. RC staff can also take on roles in proposals including (but not limited to) consulting on better utilization of high performance computing, providing data-intensive and high-throughput computing resources, improving scientific workflows, leading software design and development, creating, managing, and publishing large data collections, creating educational and outreach visualizations, designing and/or deploying scientific gateways, and assisting with acquisition and/or access to local, regional, and national advanced cyberinfrastructure resources.

Grant and Publication Resources

The following description may prove useful in summarizing the services available via Cheaha. Any publications that rely on computations performed on Cheaha should include a statement acknowledging the use of UAB Research Computing facilities in your research, see the suggested example below. We also request that you send us a list of publications based on your use of Cheaha resources.

You can also visit the Wiki for more detailed resources.

Description of Cheaha for Grants

UAB IT Research Computing maintains high performance compute and storage resources for investigators. The Cheaha compute cluster provides 3744 conventional CPU cores and 80 accelerators interconnected via InfiniBand network and provides 528 TFLOPS of aggregate theoretical peak performance. A high-performance, 6.6PB raw GPFS storage on DDN SFA12KX hardware is also connected to these compute nodes via the Infiniband fabric. An additional 20TB of traditional SAN storage is also available for home directories. This general access compute fabric is available to all UAB investigators.

Acknowledgment in Publications

This work was supported in part by the National Science Foundation under Grants Nos. OAC-1541310, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and the Alabama Innovation Fund. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation or the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


The Research Computing staff provides advanced support and training for the user community. User groups meetings and training sessions are organized on a regular basis. Workshops and seminars from industry partners such as the Mathworks (creators of MATLAB) and NVIDIA are organized by research computing. Several graduate courses use Research Computing facilities to prepare students to use the cluster and for their research activities.

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.

High Performance Compute and Storage

Cheaha, UAB’s supercomputer, is managed by UAB IT’s Research Computing team 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. Cheaha is composed of resources that span data centers located in the UAB IT data centers in the 936 Building and the Rust Computer Center. UAB IT, in open collaboration with community members, is leading the design and development of these resources and UAB IT’s Infrastructure team provides operational support and maintenance of these resources.

Science DMZ

The Science DMZ is a network built at or near the campus or laboratory's network perimeter. It is designed such that the equipment, configuration, and security policies are optimized for high-performance scientific applications. Research Computing is developing UAB's Science DMZ. This networking infrastructure is aimed at providing a dedicated, high-speed network to support acquisition and sharing of large research data sets, a crucial resource in the era of Big Data. The design supports fast data transfers between research laboratories and computational facilities. It leverages UAB's Internet2 connection (100 gbps) for high speed transfers to data national and international data repositories. The Science DMZ improved the network connectivity on campus ten fold while providing a "friction-free" pathway to access external data repositories as well as computational resources such as XSEDE and Open Science Grid. Network performance is monitored using perfSonar and high-speed data transfer are supported through data transfer nodes (DTN's). This is an infrastructure to enable multidisciplinary collaboration within UAB as well as with collaborators outside UAB.

Virtual Desktop

Using the OnDemand Web Portal, a virtual desktop on the Cheaha cluster can be requested using any modern web browser as long as the user has a Cheaha account. The OnDemand Web Portal also supports the use of Matlab, SAS, ANSYS, Integrative Genomics Viewer (IGV), Jupyter, and RStudio, directly in the web browser.

Virtual Network Computing (VNC) is also available. VNC is a cross-platform desktop sharing system to interact with a remote system’s desktop using a graphical interface. Learn how to set up a VNC session. This page covers basic instructions to access a desktop on Cheaha using VNC. These basic instructions support a variety of use-cases where access to graphical applications on the cluster is helpful or required. If you are interested in knowing more options or detailed technical information, then please take a look at main pages of specified commands.