Volume 2, Number 2, June 2005


Minnesota Supercomputing Institute Users Bulletin

June 15, 2005

Vol. 2, No. 2


Published by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute

Editor: Tracey Bartlett

The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) Users Bulletin provides information about news, policies, procedures, and events of interest to users of MSI resources. It is sent quarterly to all users. To view this publication online, go to:


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Table of Contents for June 15, 2005 MSI Users Bulletin:

1. New capabilities in Basic Sciences Computing Laboratory

2. SGI Altix supercomputer upgraded for 2005-06

3. MSI Undergraduate Internship Program begins

4. New members chosen for MSI Peer Review Panels

5. Useful links

1. New capabilities in Basic Sciences Computing Laboratory. The BSCL has added two exciting new capabilities! The first is the introduction of Linux to the BSCL and the second is the ability to print photo-quality color documents up to 17 x 22 inches.

The Linux workstations, bl1.msi.umn.edu and bl2.msi.umn.edu, were brought online on May 9. These workstations were manufactured by IBM with dual 2.4 GHz AMD Opteron processors, 4 GB of main memory, and nVidia Quadro FX 4000 graphics. Additionally, both workstations have been set up with stereo-graphics capabilities.  These machines are FAST and ready to take your BSCL computing experience from excellent to WOW!

Adding the new Epson Stylus Pro 4000 printer greatly expands the variety of printing options available to BSCL users. BSCL users can now enjoy printing photo-quality images on cut sheets of up to 17 x 22 inches and roll paper of 17 inches x 662 feet!

If you have any questions about the exciting new capabilities at the BSCL please point your browser to:


2. SGI Altix Supercomputer Upgraded for 2005-06: In April 2005, a 256-processor SGI Altix BX2 with 0.5 TB of memory was added to the Institute's existing Altix Cluster. The SGI Altix Cluster now consists of 11 shared memory machines:

  • One 256-processor compute server with 512 GB of memory and 1.6 GHz Intel Itanium 2 processors
  • One 48-processor compute server with 96 GB of memory and 1.3 GHz Intel Itanium 2 processors
  • One 4-processor interactive machine with 12 GB of memory and 900 MHz Intel Itanium 2 processors
  • 8 16-processor Altix 350 compute nodes with 32 GB of memory and 1.5 GHz Intel Itanium 2 processors

All machines run the Linux operating system and share 5 TB of disk space. An additional disk has been ordered and will be installed before July 1.

3. MSI’s Undergraduate Internship Program Begins: Twenty-seven undergraduate interns began a ten-week program doing research with MSI principal investigators on June 6. The interns are working on projects in a wide variety of fields, including chemistry, computer science, biochemistry, biomedical engineering, geology and geophysics, mathematics, computer engineering, materials science, astronomy, physics, civil engineering, aerospace engineering, soil science, and laboratory medicine. They will give presentations about their research projects on August 3, 4, and 5.

4. New Members Chosen for MSI’s Peer Review Panels: At the end of April, MSI’s Nominating Committee nominated new members for MSI’s Supercomputing Resources Peer Review Panel and for its Research Scholarship Peer Review Panel. On the first, Ilja Siepmann (Chemistry) and Victor Barocas (Biomedical Engineering) will replace outgoing members Christopher Cramer (Chemistry) and James Chelikowsky (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science). On the second, David Thomas (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics), Krishnan Mahesh (Aerospace Engineering), and Heinz Stefan (Civil Engineering) will replace outgoing members David Lilja (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Jiali Gao (Chemistry), and Vipin Kumar (Computer Science and Engineering). These changes will take place effective September 1, 2005. For more information, visit:


5. Useful links:

www.msi.umn.edu/bscl -- Basic Sciences Computing Laboratory (BSCL)

www.msi.umn.edu/cgl -- Computational Genetics Laboratory (CGL)

www.msi.umn.edu/vwl -- Medicinal Chemistry/Supercomputing Institute Visualization-Workstation Laboratory (VWL)

www.msi.umn.edu/sdvl -- Scientific Development and Visualization Laboratory (SDVL)

www.msi.umn.edu/cbl -- Digital Technology Computational Biology Laboratory (DTCBL)

www.msi.umn.edu/llsda -- Laboratory for Large-Scale Data Analysis (LLSDA)

Useful email addresses:

help@msi.umn.edu -- for all requests for user assistance

zirbes@msi.umn.edu -- for all questions concerning account renewal, new principal investigators, and service units

accounts@msi.umn.edu -- for all questions concerning changes in users and accounts for existing users

msisubmissions@msi.umn.edu -- for submission of research reports for work done using MSI resources

alt-format@msi.umn.edu -- to request access to information in an alternative format for individuals with disabilities