Center Resources

SiViRT Center provides a collaborative and interdisciplinary research environment for faculty and students. Contact us to make a reservation to use our core facility or other available resources.

UTSA VizWall

UTSA VizWall

UTSA Advanced Visualization Laboratory is the home of the "VizWall". The VizWall is the laboratory's 14.4 feet wide and 6 feet tall visualization wall. It is comprise of 24 high-definition (HD) 30" monitors. The VizWall has the maximum resolution of approximately 98 Million pixels.

UTSA Haptics

UTSA Haptics Laboratory

UTSA Advanced Visualization Laboratory is the only visualization laboratory in Texas to incorporate a haptics laboratory. Our haptic manipulators provide researchers and students a tactile experience with virtual models in computer-generated simulations. UTSA researchers and students can precisely interact with their sophisticated 3D computational models through the force and torque feedback provided by the haptic manipulators. An 82" 3D stereoscopic display enhances the experience with the haptic manipulators.



NEMO is the primary high preformance computational cluster for the Advanced Visualization Laboratory and the only GPU/HPC hybrid computational cluster at UTSA. It consists of twelve computational nodes, one head node, and a storage node. Each computational node and head node is powered by dual Hex-core Intel Xeon X5660 2.80GHz processors (12M Cache) and dual nVIDIA Quadro FX 5800 graphics cards (4GB each). NEMO is comprised of 144 computational cores and 5,760 CUDA GPU cores. The cluster runs on Ubuntu 12.04 LTS Linux distribution on Dell Precision T7500 Workstations. Its communication backbone consists of 40 Gbps InfiniBand and Gigabit Ethernet connections. NEMO runs the software that operates the Visualization Wall (VizWall).

SHAMU Computational Cluster


SHAMU is one of UTSA College of Engineerings high performance computational clusters. It consists of twenty-two computational nodes and two high-end visualization nodes. Each node is powered by dual Quad-core Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2660 @ 2.20GHz (8M Cache). SHAMU utilizes GlusterFS open-source file system over high speed InfiniBand connection.

3D Capabilities

3D Capabilities: Scan, View, & Print

UTSA students and researchers can create 3D models of real world object by hand or with the assistance of the Center's multi-laser 3D scanner. Onced scanned, these real world objects are incorporated into simulations or visualization software, such as MatLab, Mathematica or SolidWorks. The Advanced Visualization Laboratory is equipped with a 82" 3D stereoscopic display powered by nVIDIA 3D Vision® for visualizing 3D data. Prototype or models can then be printed in either PLA or ABS plastic utilizing the Center's 3D printer.

GigaPan Imaging

GigaPan images are digital panoramic images at very high resolutions. A digital camera is placed on a robotic camera mount which moves the camera vertically and horizontally for multiple shots. These gigapixel panoramic images are created utilizing specialized software which organizes and stitches the captured images from the camera. The whole system determines the amount of photos and positions needed for the panoramic image. These images are then uploaded and displayed on the Visualization Wall in the Advanced Visualization Laboratory.

Thermal Imaging

Thermal Imaging

Thermograms are images produced by infrared radiation and these images can be produced without visible illumination. A infrared thermal imaging camera is needed to capture thermograms. Currently, SiViRT Center utilizes this technology to achieve deeper understanding of bioheat transfer in cancer patients during RF ablation treatments. SiViRT Center resources includes a FLIR E series infrared thermal imaging camera and a Omega HH309A four channel temperature data logger.



Exposing UTSA students to the latest technology, Advanced Visualization Laboratory purchase a touch screen panel. UTSA students and researchers can incorporate touch recognition technology to their exploration of knowledge or research.


Video Teleconferencing and Distance Learning

Advanced Visualization Laboratory is equipped with video teleconference equipment and software to support outside and international collaboration. The laboratory provides UTSA faculty the opportunity to have remote guest speakers to speak with students across the Internet.

Polycom HDX 6000

Cameras: 2 RealPresence EagleEye HD cameras Camera Field of View (FOV): 180 degrees each
Resolution: 1080p @ 60Hz with 12X zoom capabilities Microphone: 22kHz microphone array with 360 degrees of coverage