• Ultra High Definition Video Wall

    One high configuration computer is connected to a number of monitors that display various images and data concurrently.

  • Leading Edge Vizualizations

    The combination of research data, visualization wall and haptic technology will allow researchers and students to move forward to the next level of experimentation process.

  • State of the Art Facilities

    The facilities available at the VizLab offer state of the art visualization technology to aid in teaching and research. Schedule an event at the VizLab and take advantage of the capabilities of our facilities.

  • Haptic Capabilities

    Technology that takes advantage of a user's sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations, or motions to the user. The fairly new technology is gaining widespread acceptance as a key part of virtual reality systems, adding the sense of touch to previously visual-only solutions.

  • High Performance Computing

    A few examples of HPC technologies are the simulation of car crashes for structural design, molecular interaction for new drug design and the airflow over automobiles or airplanes.


Frequently Asked Questions

Advanced Visualization Laboratory (VizLab) Quick Facts

Question: What is the VizLab?
Answer:VizLab is the Advanced Visualization Laboratory. It is the core facility of The Center for Simulation, Visualization and Real-Time Prediction (SiViRT). In 2009, the VizLab received a National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to purchase a haptic device and create a visualization wall (VizWall). The title of the grant is “MRI: Acquisition of an Integrated System for Advanced Visualization with Haptic Feedback Control.” VizLab may be used by UTSA students, faculty and staff and is located in MS 1.03.06N at the UTSA 1604 campus.

Question: What equipment is available in the VizLab?
Answer: The VizLab is home to a variety of High-resolution and high-performance computing technologies, including one of the largest stereoscopic monitors on the market as well as a CPU/GPU hybrid linux cluster. Several forms of haptic devices are available that can facilitate a tactile interaction between the user and a virtual computing environment. Please Visit the Center Resources page for more details about available equipment.

Question: Where is the VizLab?
Answer: On the ground floor of the Multidisciplinary Studies Building, Room MS 1.03.06N.
Click Here for a Map.

Question: What is the room capacity of the VizLab?
Answer: 20 to 30 visitors

Question: What are the hours of operation?
Answer: Hours are by schedule or appointment only, Request A Timeslot.

Question: How long has the VizLab been open at UTSA?
Answer: The VizLab has been operational since May of 2011.

Question: How do I reserve the VizLab for an event?
Answer: Request A Timeslot

Visualization Wall (VizWall) Quick Facts

Question: What are the file types compatible with the VizWall?
Answer: Currently, the VizWall can display images and video files only.
Known Compatible Video Types: .mov, .mp4, .mpg, .avi
Known Compatible Image Types: .jpg, .png, .pyr

Question: What is the total resolution of the VizWall?
Answer: 15,360 pixels X 6,400 pixels at 60Hz
Each monitor has 2,560 pixels X 1,600 pixels at 60Hz
Approximately 98 million pixels combined resolution

Question: What are the dimensions of the VizWall?
Answer: The VizWall is a combination of 24 monitors that act as one large 14ft x 6ft High Definition display.

Question: What monitors are used to build the VizWall?
Answer: DELL UltraSharp Widescreen U3011 LCD monitors

Haptic Devices Quick Facts

Question: What is a Haptic Device?
Answer: A haptic device has tactile feedback technology which takes advantage of the sense of touch by applying forces, vibrations or motions to the user. Haptic is from the Greek word “haptesthai” which means “touch.”

Question: What Haptic Devices are available?
Answer: SensAble Phantom Omni/Geomagic Touch and Quanser HD2 system are the two make and model haptic devices available in the VizLab.

Question: What are the technician specifications of the Quanser HD2 system?
Answer: Six degrees of freedom;
20,000 N/m maximum stiffness coefficient;
a large workspace envelope;
uniform force capability;
low-inertia, friction and backdrivable capability

Question: What are the technician specifications of the SensAble Phantom Omni / Geomagic Touch?
Answer: Three degrees of freedom;
1 N/m minimum stiffness coefficient;
a compact and portable workspace envelope;
45g of inertia;
0.26N backdrivable friction

NEMO LINUX Cluster Quick Facts

Question: What is Nemo?
Answer:Nemo is the primary high performance computational cluster for the VizLab 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 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 VizWall.

Question: What is the Operating System Platforms running on Nemo?
Answer: Ubuntu LTS 12.04 and RedHat Enterprise Linux Server 5.3 Linux Distributions

Question: What is the system memory on NEMO?
Answer: Six 4GB memory on all 12 computational and head nodes;
24GB total memory on each computational and head node;
12 4GB memory on the storage node; 48GB total memory;
360GB total memory on Nemo;
4GB 1333 MHz DDR3 DIMM RAM memory is being used on all nodes

Question: What is the system physical disk space on Nemo?
Answer: 500GB hard drives on all 12 computational and head nodes;
Two 148GB and 15 600GB hard drives on the storage node;
15.796 TB total system physical disk space on Nemo

Question: What are the GPU capabilities on Nemo?
Answer: Two 240 CUDA cores 4GB NVIDIA Quadro FX 5800;
480 CUDA cores 8GB GPU capability on each node
5,760 CUDA cores 96GB GPU total capability on Nemo

Question: What is the HPC capabilities on Nemo?
Answer: Two six-(Hex) cores, 12 threads Intel Xeon X5660 Processors on all 12 computational and head nodes;
Two six-(Hex) cores, 12 threads Intel Xeon X5650 Processors on the storage node;
168 total computational cores on NEMO;
All processors have 12M cache with Intel's 6.40 GT/s QPI feature
12 computational and head nodes run at 2.80GHz, while the storage node runs at 2.66GHz

Question: What is the Communication Backbone?
Answer: Two Switches; Qlogic 12300 InfiniBand and DELL PowerConnect 6224 Gigabit Ethernet;
InfiniBand at 40 Gbps Quad Data Rate (QDR) with 2.88 Tbps switching capacity and <140 nSec latency;
Ethernet with 136 Gbps switching capacity and 95Mbps forwarding;

3D Printer

Question: What is the model and make of the 3D printer?
Answer: Bits From Bytes (BFB) 3DTouch™ 3D Printer

Question: What does the printer print?
Answer:It prints 3D plastic models of objects scanned or created using CAD software. It does not print 3D photos and posters.

Question: What is the maximum build size of the printer?
Answer: The final product cannot exceed 7.9" tall and must be contained to a 7.3" X 10.75" surface.

Question: What is the print tolerance?
Answer: From Left to Right and Front to Back, the printing tolerance is +/- 1% the dimensions of the model but nothing smaller than +/- 0.2mm.
The printing tolerance for the height is 1/2 of the model's resolution.

Question: What is the print speed?
Answer: 15mm3 per second

Question: What file formats does the printer supports?
Answer: STL only; Most CAD software can save and export models in a STL format.

Question: What is the printing material used?
Answer: PLA, ABS and soluble clear translucent PLA plastic

Question: What software is being used to print these 3D models?
Answer: BFB Axon 2 and BFB Axon 3 printing software is used. Software was provided with the printer. The software can also be downloaded and installed from the manufacturer's website.

3D Scanner

Question: What is the model and make of the scanner?
Answer: 3D HD Scanner by NextEngine

Question: What is the Field of View (FOV) of the scanner?
Answer: The FOV begins at 5.1" X 3.8" extends out to 13.5" X 10.1"

Question: What is the accuracy of the scanner?
Answer: 0.005" to 0.015"

Question: What file types can the scans be exported as?

Question: What software is being used to print and create 3D scans?
Answer: The 3d printer is utilizing the software that was provided with the device itself. The software is known as NextEngine ScanStudio HD scanning. The software can also be downloaded and installed from the manufacturer's website.


Question: What is the model and make of the Multi-Touch screen?
Answer: PQLabs Multi-Touch G4

Question: How does it work?
Answer:The multi-touch display is a 46” touchscreen is configured through the utilization of a 46” television combined with a 46” touch screen overlay. The overlay uses infrared technology to digitize the screen space. The touchscreen is connected to the computer through a USB interface and is capable of recognizing up to twelve points of touch.

Question: What is the maximum number of points the screen can detect?
Answer: 12 points of contact

Question: How does it detect your fingertips?
Answer: The overlay creates an invisible grid over the display screen. An array of IR LEDs, similar to a Nintendo Wii sensor bar, create this grid.
One array for each side of the display facing inward. IR LEDs are the same LEDs used in television remotes.
When the screen is touched it trips the LED sensors providing the computer with the coordinate on the display of where your finger is.

Question: What is the maximum sample rate of the Multi-Touch?
Answer: 200 FPS

Question: What is the make and model of display being used?
Answer: 46" Samsung Smart LED TV