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UTSA Uses Open Hybrid Cloud For Research And Academic

Rackspace and the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA) have designed an advanced OpenStack-powered platform to fuel academic research, computational power and big data that will revolutionize how scientists and scholars leverage the cloud.

UTSA uses the OpenStack-based Rackspace Private Cloud to drive academic and scientific research, which historically requires complex and compute-intensive models with high maintenance requirements. UTSA uses the open cloud to run scientific computations and big data for bioinformatics, aircraft digital twins, energy exploration research and more

“Computational simulation has become one of the three pillars of discovery along with theory and experiments. Using high performance computing we are in the beginnings of developing ‘Digital Twins’ of aircraft, the human body, energy and environmental systems and others. The digital clones will be used to prognose the health and maintenance of future systems. This concept requires substantial computational power. Rackspace Private Cloud and open cloud are enabling technology that advances the new concept of Digital Twins to become a reality.”
-Harry R. Millwater Jr. Professor and Department Chair, Department of Mechanical Engineering

Check out this video for a more in-depth look at how UTSA leverages the open cloud and Rackspace Private Cloud for scientific research.

About the Author

This is a post written and contributed by Paul Rad.

As Vice President of Private Cloud Certification Programs, Paul is responsible for building an enterprise ready computing platform based on Rackspace Private Cloud Software.

Paul started his career as a computer architect by founding Data Processing Corp, overseas before moving to the United States, and later held product and services leadership roles at Data Concepts and Dell Inc. He has numerous published articles on enterprise solutions and holds several U.S. patents in the fields of virtualization, clustering, software engineering and quality assurance.

Paul holds a Master of Computer Architecture from Sharif University and a Master of Computer Science from University of Texas at San Antonio. Paul has been a strong supporter of connecting university and industry in order to build the future workforce. He is a standing committee member of Quantitative Literacy at University of Texas at San Antonio.


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