Basic Sciences Computing Laboratory (BSCL)

BSCL The Basic Science Computing Laboratory (BSCL) mission is to provide supercomputing research support  in the areas of molecular modeling, crystallography, and image processing. This laboratory provides researchers with access to a unique mixture of computational servers, workstations, visualization tools, software, and technical support. The BSCL houses workstations with active stereo visualization systems and a stereo projection system. This lab is used by a wide array of users including engineering, finance, and life science researchers.


The BSCL is located in room 1-280 of Nils Hasselmo Hall located at the corner of Church Street S.E. and Washington Avenue on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus.


Researchers with BSCL accounts can have 24-hour access to the BSCL, seven days a week. Access is controlled via U Card.

Getting U Card Access

To get physical access to the BSCL, you need to have an active MSI lab account and an active U Card. Please send the following information to with the subject heading U-Card "Access to the BSCL".  In the email  provide your full legal name, your student/staff ID number, your U Card number, your primary PI, the email you would like associated, your phone number, and whether you have U Card access to AHC facilities.

Getting Help

For technical support questions, email, call (612) 626-0802, or visit room 587 Walter Library.


The lab provides Institute researchers with access to Linux workstations along with the associated software. 


BSCL 3D Projector

The BSCL has a large-screen, 3D stereo projector. The six-foot-wide by five-foot-high screen provides an ideal environment for discussing work with groups, and for seeing additional detail in your data. The system is available to all MSI users and is simple to use.

The projector is attached to a Linux workstation and acts as a screen extension, so all MSI Linux lab software can be displayed on the large screen using the projector. In addition, any Linux stereo-enabled application, such as COOT, Avizo, Ensight, PyMOL, or Maestro, can be run in 3D stereo mode using the projector. Users can also plug in their laptops for Powerpoint presentations. We have eight pairs of stereo glasses. No reservations are needed. Stop by and check it out. Below are instructions for using the system. Questions? Contact


Instructions for Using BSCL Projector

To turn on projector: Press the red Power Button on the remote. When you are done, press the red Power Button to turn off the projector. You will see a message on the screen instructing you to “Press Power Button again to Power Off”. Press the Power Button again.

To start an application on the projector display: Move the cursor to the project screen. Open a terminal on the projection screen as you would on the monitor (press hold right mouse button; select “Open in Terminal”). Type in the commands to start the application.

To turn glasses on: Press the button on the left frame. It will flash 10 times fast. You can press it again to turn it off. It will flash 5 times slowly. Glasses will also turn off automatically. If the batteries in the glasses run down, there are USB cables on the table that can be used to charge the glasses.

To use the 3D stereo feature: Switch to stereo mode in your application. The projector will automatically enter stereo mode.

To switch stereo eyes: If the eyes seemed swapped, in a terminal type nvidia-settings. In the nvidia-settings GUI, go to XScreen 1. Then go to "OpenGL Settings".  Click “Exchange stereo eyes”.


Use the switcher to switch between laptop display (1) and Linux display (5).