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Volume 6, Number 2, June 2009
Users' Bulletin Vol. 6, No. 2, June 15, 2009
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Published by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute
The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute (MSI) Users Bulletin provides information about news, policies, procedures, and events of interest to users of MSI resources. It is published quarterly.
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Table of Contents for June 15, 2009 MSI Users Bulletin:
1. New core machine purchased
2. New laboratory for UM Rochester's Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program
3. MSI usage brainstorming session
4. Upcoming events
5. Useful links, Quickstart Guides, and email addresses
1. New core machine purchased: The University has signed an agreement with Hewlett Packard to purchase a 1056 compute node (8448 core) cluster. The machine will be known as "Itasca." Work in the basement and sub-basement of Walter Library to expand our power and cooling capacity to accommodate the new system is now also underway. The system is scheduled to be installed during the summer and become available to users in the fall. We will have updated status information on our website as it becomes available.
2. New laboratory for UM Rochester's Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology (BICB) program: The MSI-UMR BICB Computational Laboratory has been established to support UMR’s BICB program. This infrastructure is available for interdisciplinary and collaborative BICB projects between IBM, Mayo Clinic, UMR, UMTC, and UM Hormel Institute. The UMBC Lab provides access to software and storage resources necessary to develop and support research as part of BICB. More information can be found at:
3. MSI usage brainstorming session: On May 21, MSI held a brainstorming session for interested faculty to develop ideas for how to best maange use of MSI core resources. Many good ideas were generated; they will be available on our website shortly. Soon, all MSI PIs will be able to nominate candidates for a board to advise on the same topic. The members of that board will be appointed by Tom Jones, MSI Interim Director, as soon as all nominations have been received.
4. Upcoming events:
a. MSI is hosting a seminar by Simulia on June 24 in 402 Walter Library. Simulia makes the ABAQUS suite of software. The seminar, which is free and open to the public, will discuss computer clusters and advances in parallel computing. A complete description and registration information can be found at the Simulia website:
b. MSI is participating in the Summer BICB Symposium on June 26 in Rochester, Minnesota. MSI is a partner with the University of Minnesota Rochester for the BICB program. See their website for information about the conference:
5. Useful links, Quickstart Guides, and email addresses:
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