Financial Support

The Research Cloud was built with the financial assistance of:

IBM Corporation through an IBM SUR Grant that provided 1 IBM HS22 BladeCenter chassis with 7 HS22 Blades and 6TB of disk storage. As part of the SUR Grant, IBM also provided 50 hours of expert consultation that assisted us in setting up VCL  and HPC. In addition, a skilled IBM team was on campus for two days assisting us with system installation.

UTEP provided funds that allowed for the purchase of:

·         7 HS22 Blades and hardware to provide 10Gb communication bandwidth to upgrade the IBM SUR Grant BladeCenter chassis

·         1 IBM BladeCenter chassis with 14 HS23 Blades configured as described in "Hardware Specifications"

·         1 IBM BladeCenter chassis with 8 HS23 Blades configured as described in "Hardware Specifications"

·         1 IBM System x3650 M4 Storage Server

·         14.4TB disk storage

·         1 BNT 10Gb rack switch for connection to the UTRC 10Gb network that will connect UTEP to all UT System components, Texas Advanced Computing Center, and the UTDR (University of Texas Digital Repository)

Cyber-ShARE provided grant funds that were used to purchase the dedicated IBM System x3650 M4 Server with 24TB Disk Storage described in "Hardware Specifications".


Research Cloud Partners are UTEP faculty members and their associated research groups that invest faculty start-up funds and/or grant funds in this computational infrastructure. Users in these groups are given priority use of the system. Currently we have four partners:

·         Ricardo Bernal in Chemistry

·         Cyber-ShARE (dedicated server)

·         Ming-Ying Leung in Bioinformatics and Mathematics

·         Rajendra Zope and the Electronic Structure Group in Physics

Contact a Research Administrator, to discuss becoming a Research Cloud Partner. An administrator can be reached at