University of Texas at El Paso


High Performance Computing (HPC) is typically defined as computation that requires greater computing power than is offered by traditional desktop computers. Greater computing power can mean more processor cycles, larger memory, faster I/O, faster network transmission, or more sophisticated visualization capabilities.

HPC resources at UTEP include beowulf class linux clusters and symmetric shared-memory multiprocessor systems. These resources offer researchers, faculty and students a total of 285 processors delivering 1145 peak Gflops of processing power, 754 GB of memory and 14.4 TB of disk storage.


April 17, 2007 - HiPCAT meeting big success - Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Todays HiPCAT meeting that took place in the University Suite at the Union was a big success. Many people attended the meeting: UTEP, TTU, TAMU, UTA, UTHSCSA, etc. The minutes can be found on the HiPCAT reports page. read more ...

April 17, 2007 - UTEP HiPCAT institutional update available - Tuesday, April 17, 2007
The latest HiPCAT institutional report is availabe. read more ...

Sacagawea scheduler is back online - Monday, April 16, 2007 - Monday, April 16, 2007
The problem with the scheduler has been resolved. Please feel free to submit jobs again. 

January 5, 2007 - Happy new year! - Friday, January 5, 2007
A happy new year to all UTEP HPC users! Hope this year will be fruitful and our machines will get a lot of work for you done. Regards, Andre and Sergio. 

November 27, 2006 - UTEP HiPCAT institutional update and minutes available - Monday, November 27, 2006
The latest HPC update and the minutes of the meeting on 11/02/2006 are available on the HiPCAT Reports page. read more ...

November 18, 2006 - SuperComputing 2006 - Monday, November 27, 2006
This year's SuperComputing conference in Tampa Bay, Florida has been very successful. For the second year in a row we have been sharing an exhibition booth with the University of New Mexico, New Mexico Tech and New Mexico State University. UTEP had many interesting posters to show and this year we had a screen with short presentations on our work and some campus pictures. Many people (incl. funding officers from many funding agencies) came by the booth and were very impressed with our work. See you all again at SC'07 in Reno, NV. 

September 23, 2006 - HiPCAT inperson meeting successful - Monday, October 16, 2006
The HiPCAT in-person meeting on September 22 at the University of Houston was a big success. Many people from all HiPCAT institutions attended this meeting which was hosted to perfection by the Texas Learning and Computation Center (TLCC). The minutes can be found on the HiPCAT Report page on this site. read more ...

September 20, 2006 - UTEP HiPCAT institutional update available - Wednesday, September 20, 2006
The latest update is available on the HiPCAT reports page. read more ...

August 29, 2006 - New account request form available - Tuesday, August 29, 2006
A new form to request an account on Star, UTEP's IBM p590 is available on the HPC Systems page or download it from here -> read more ...

August 25,2006 - Next HiPCAT meeting Sept 22 in Houston - Saturday, August 26, 2006
The next face-to-face meeting of the HiPCAT consortium (High Performance Computing Across Texas) is scheduled for September 22 and will take place on the campus of the University of Houston. Previous HiPCAT reports and minutes can be found here: read more ...

August 24, 2006 - TSRI donates cluster to UTEP - Saturday, August 26, 2006
The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) has donated a 64 node, 128 processor Linux blade cluster to UTEP. This cluster currently has no memory and disks, but Drs Novick, Longpre, Chessa and Carrasco will supply the funds to make it operational again. The machine will be used for research and student education. 

June 08, 2006 - HiPCAT report and minutes posted - Monday, June 12, 2006
The latest UTEP institutional report and meeting minutes have been posted on the HiPCEP web site. read more ...

May 26, 2006 - Scheduler tutorial added to Sacagawea website - Friday, May 26, 2006
The Torque scheduler has been installed on Sacagawea and Andre has written a short tutorial of how to submit one-node serial and multiple-node mpi jobs to the cluster. read more ...

May 5, 2006 - RADC officially opened - Friday, May 26, 2006 - Friday, May 26, 2006
A openings ceremony has taken place in the RADC to officially open up the server room for the UTEP campus. Many people checked out the new fully functional server room, including Dr. Natalicio, the Deans of the Colleges and many more. 

April 11, 2006 - Sacagawea fully switched on! - Friday, May 26, 2006 - Friday, May 26, 2006
Sacagawea, UTEP's 64-node, 128-processor Scyld Linux cluster has been fully switched on now that the A/C is operational. All of this power will be available to faculty, staff and students, so sign up for an account with Andre Kerstens right now. read more ...

April 10, 2006 - New RADC A/C operational - Friday, May 26, 2006
The new 16 kton A/C unit has been installed and is operational. The total A/C capacity in the room is now 21 kton. 

April 1, 2006 - New sysadmin for the RADC - Friday, May 26, 2006
IT has hired a new system administrator for the Research and Academic Data Center (RADC). His name is Sergio Zapata ( and he will take care of most of the hardware in the RADC. He will also start supporting the users on Star, so if you have any problems with your Star account or software, please contact Sergio. 

March 7, 2006 - Donald Becker talk huge success - Tuesday, March 21, 2006 - Tuesday, March 21, 2006
Donald Becker's cluster talk yesterday was a huge success. Feedback from several of the 45 attendees to the talk was overwhelmingly positive. Nito Gumataotao made some picture of the event that can be found at

March 6, 2006 - Donald Becker gives cluster talk at UTEP - Friday, March 3, 2006
Donald Becker is an internationally recognized operating system developer and the original inventor of the Beowulf Linux Cluster. He will give a talk on cluster computing at 2 pm in room 403 of the Liberal Arts building on March 6, 2006. 

February 26, 2006 - New A/C system for the RADC - Sunday, February 26, 2006
A new 16 kton A/C system will be installed in the Research and Academic Data Center (RADC) which will increase the capacity from 6 to 22 kton. This system has been needed for some time, because a number of computer systems could not be fully switched on for reasons of overheating the RADC. 

February 20, 2006 - Star/Star2/Star3 downtime - Monday, February 20, 2006
Star, Star2 and Star3 will be down on Thursday 2/23 from 1 to 6 PM due to replacement of a broken MCM processor unit. Information will be send out to the Star and Topgun mailing lists when the work has finished and the machine is available again. 

February 20, 2006 - Donald Becker at UTEP for cluster talk - Monday, February 20, 2006
On Monday March 6 at 2 pm, Donald Becker, one of the inventors of the Beowulf Cluster, will give a talk in room 403 of the Liberal Arts building. If possible, the talk will be followed by a visit to the Research and Academic Data Center (RADC) where Sacagawea, UTEP's new 64-node Beowulf Cluster, will be shown to interested people. Please write an email to the organizer, Andre Kerstens, if you will attend and with how many people. read more ...

February 20, 2006 - IBM p590 downtime - Monday, February 20, 2006
Due to a problem with the CPU module in Star, the IBM p590, the system needs some downtime this week. Please do not start any long-running jobs until the new hardware has been installed. The downtime will take place at tuesday or wednesday evening at 6 pm. Details will follow when available. 

February 7, 2006 - RADC systems unavailable this weekend - Tuesday, February 7, 2006
This weekend, all the systems in the UTEP Academic Data Center (RADC) will be switched off from Friday Feb 10 at 6 pm until Saturday Feb 11 around Noon. Make sure that any running jobs have finished by that time and don't start any new application runs until after the announcement that the systems are back up. Thanks for your attention.  

January 29, 2006 - HiPCAT meeting at San Antonio - Wednesday, February 01, 2006 - Wednesday, February 1, 2006
Last week's HiPCAT meeting at the University of Texas Health Science Center San Antonio was a big success with many people attending. Kudos to Borries Demeler for organizing such a highly successful meeting! The UTEP Institutional Report and Meeting Minutes can be found on the HiPCAT Reports page. read more ...

December 8, 2005 - UTEP HPC projects listed on HiPCEP - Thursday, December 8, 2005
All HPC-related projects taking place on the UTEP campus have been listed on the HiPCEP pages. Find out what is going on by clicking on the following link! read more ...

November 19, 2005 - SC05 visit big success - Tuesday, November 22, 2005
UTEP's visit and the shared exhibition booth at SC05 in Seattle was a big success. As you all know, UTEP was sharing an exhibition booth on the floor of the SC05 conference in Seattle last week. We were sharing space with colleagues from UNM, NMT and NMSU, all universities along the Rio Grande river. Of course it doesn't come as a surprise that our booth name was HEC (High End Computing) along the Rio Grande. Our booth was mostly comprised of research posters and several give-aways: a tri-fold, facts books (thanks to David Peregrino of University Comms for getting us some UTEP 2005-2006 ones) and pens and other goodies. Many people from both the College of Engineering and College of Science have worked hard to made sure we had a lot of great research to show off at the show. Thanks again for all of your work! read more ...

November 17, 2005 - Pat Teller elected as general chair of SC'08 - Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Today Dr Pat Teller of the Computer Science department of UTEP has been anonomously elected general chair of the SuperComputing conference in Austin, Texas in 2008. We are enormously proud of this achievement and are looking forward to working with her. Congratulations Pat!  

11 November, 2005 - UTEP on the exhibition floor at SC05 - Friday, November 11, 2005
Together with UNM, NMT and NMSU, UTEP will have a booth (#327) on the exhibition floor of the SuperComputing 2005 conference in Seattle from Nov 12 to Nov 18, 2005. All four institutions will be presenting top-notch research in the HPC area so make sure you drop by at our booth! (many goodies available to take home as well) News and pictures will be available when we're back... read more ...

31 October, 2005 - Linux cluster has arrived - Friday, November 11, 2005
Although a little bit later than expected, the new Linux cluster from Penguin Computing has arrived at UTEP! The first system had to be shipped back, because it was severely damaged by the shipping company. The cluster will be setup in the Academic Data Center of the IT department. read more ...

31 October, 2005 - HiPCAT video conference meeting - Thursday, November 10, 2005
UTEP HPC representative Andre Kerstens joined the HiPCAT video conference on October 31, 2005. The latest UTEP institutional report and meeting minutes can be found under HiPCAT Reports.  read more ...

September 28, 2005 - 64-node, 128-cpu AMD Opteron Linux cluster to arrive next week - Wednesday, September 28, 2005
A new 64-node Linux cluster with dual AMD Opteron nodes has been purchased using STAR award funds from Dr Ann Gates and Dr Vladik Kreinovich of the CS department. The peak performance is 435 GFlops. The system will be housed in the Academic Server Room at the IT department. read more ...

September 28, 2005 - Cray XD1 System has arrived at UTEP - Wednesday, September 28, 2005
A Cray XD1 cluster system purchased by Dr Pavil Solin using funds from ONR Award No. 05PR07548-00 has arrived at UTEP and will be housed in the Academic Server Room at the IT department. read more ...

September 23, 2005 - UTEP celebrates the arrival of IBM supercomputer - Tuesday, September 27, 2005
UTEP will mark the arrival of the new IBM machine with an event to thank IBM for its support beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 23 in the El Paso Natural Gas Conference Center on campus. read more ...

September 7, 2005 - HiPCEP featured on! - Wednesday, September 7, 2005
The HiPCEP web site is the first site to appear on the new educational page of the web site.  read more ...

August 30, 2005 - Successful HiPCAT video conference - Tuesday, August 30, 2005
UTEP HPC representatives, Pat Teller and Andre Kerstens, joined the HiPCAT video conference on August 24, 2005. The latest UTEP institutional report and meeting minutes can be found under HiPCAT Reports. read more ...

August 10, 2005 - Andre Kerstens appointed Secretary of HiPCAT - Wednesday, August 10, 2005
Andre Kerstens has been officially appointed Secretary of the High Performance Computing Across Tecas (HiPCAT) organization.  read more ...

August 2, 2005 - Number of new conferences posted - Tuesday, August 2, 2005
A number of new conferences has been posted on the HPC Conferences page. Have an interesting paper to submit? Check out these conferences! read more ...

June 23, 2005 - IBM POWER5 p590 has arrived at UTEP - Friday, June 24, 2005
This morning, the new IBM POWER5 p590 system called Star that Dr. Pat Teller has acquired through her IBM SUR GRANT and STAR award, has arrived at the UTEP academic server room. read more ...

May 27, 2005 - Successful HiPCAT meeting at Baylor College of Medicine - Friday, June 24, 2005
UTEP HPC representative, Andre Kerstens, attended the HiPCAT meeting at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, Texas. The UTEP institutional report and meeting minutes can be found under HiPCAT Reports. read more ...

May 25, 2005 - Two ROCKS clusters added to UTEP HPC Systems - Friday, June 24, 2005
A 5-node cluster from the Geology department and a 3-node cluster from the Civil Engineering department have been added to the list of HPC systems at UTEP.  

May 10, 2005 - Dr Pavel Solin orders new Cray XD1 System - Friday, June 24, 2005
Dr Pavel Solin of the Math department ordered a Cray XD1 Linux system with 36 dual-core 2.2 GHz AMD Opteron processors, 144 GB RAM and 1.5 TB disk space. The peak performance is 317 GFlops. The source of funding is ONR Award No. 05PR07548-00 that he received in March 2005. The system will be used to develop and test new scalable numerical methods for computationally intensive applications in science and engineering (FEM-group). Students interested in scientific computing are welcome to contact Pavel (solin at