The annual supercomputing conference, SC15, was held the week of November 16-20, 2015 in Austin, Texas. MSI participated in one of the sub-meetings, a “Birds of a Feather” meeting on Ceph in HPC Environments. Several organizations discussed how they use Ceph to address issues associated with big data and data-intensive research. Jim Wilgenbusch and Ben Lynch of MSI gave presentations; other organizations who presented included Red Hat, Intel, CADRE, MIMOS Berhad, and the University of Alabama.
Three MSI Principal Investigators are among the University of Minnesota faculty featured in the U’s latest Driven to Discover campaign. Drive to Discover highlights how researchers are the U are benefitting the State of Minnesota and the world. The MSI PIs appearing in this year’s campaign are: Amy Kircher; Director, Food Protection and Defense Institute
Rendong Yang of MSI’s Research Informatics Solutions group recently received a Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award. The awards are given to researchers who show potential for high-impact research. The awardees are mentored by leaders in the field of prostate-cancer research. Dr. Yang’s mentor is Associate Professor Scott Dehm of the Masonic Cancer Center.
Associate Professor Jennifer Powers, an MSI Principal Investigator from the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Behavior, is a co-author on a recent study that investigated how lianas – the vines that grow on trees in tropical forests – affect the ability of those forests to store carbon. The study was recently published online in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the USA. (Geertje M.F. van der Heijden, Jennifer S.
MSI PI Carol Cardona (Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences) is featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine. Professor Cardona uses MSI to support her group’s research into the mechanisms that underlie respiratory disease in fowl. She has provided expert assistance to the State of Minnesota and the Minnesota poultry industry in tracking the causes of the recent avian influenza epidemic.
Professor William Arnold, an MSI Principal Investigator in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo- Engineering, is the lead researcher on a recently published study of water contaminants. The study involved a multinational team led by the University of Minnesota.
On Wednesday, November 9, from 4am – 4pm, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. 
MSI PI Kelvin Lim (Psychiatry) is featured in the Fall 2015 issue of the University of Minnesota Foundation’s Legacy magazine. Professor Lim uses MSI for research into brain function in people with alcohol and drug dependence, schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury, and epilepsy. This involves analysis of very large datasets. The article can be found on the UM Foundation website.
The United States Golf Association (USGA) and University of Minnesota announced a five-year research partnership on November 2. The partnership involves researchers and resources from throughout the University, including the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute.
Regents Professor Donald Truhlar, MSI Fellow, was recently inducted as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Professor Truhlar is the first member of the U’s Department of Chemistry faculty to be so honored. He is an internationally known computational chemist and has been one of MSI’s major users for decades. 
The Food Protection and Defense Institute (FPDI) recently received a $1 million grant to use “big data” and predictive analytics to identify disease outbreaks and improve health-care supply chains. The grant is from the Paul G. Allen Ebola Program.
What if my group is running out of SUs or storage before the end of the year? As in 2016, group is granted 70,000 SUs by deafault. Supplemental allocations can be made during anytime of the year. If you are approaching your allocation limit (70,000 default or 280,000) then you can request more and your request will be reviewed by MSI staff on a rolling basis. Requests for more than 280,000 will require the following information: 
MSI PI Laura Gagliardi (Chemistry) and her research were recently profiled by the Office of the Vice President for Research. Professor Gagliardi is using MSI’s newest supercomputer, Mesabi, for a number of projects in computational chemistry.
MSI PI Professor Monica Luciana and her colleague Regents Professor William Iacono, both in the Department of Psychology, will be part of a study funded by the National Institutes of Health to investigate the effects of substance abuse on the developing adolescent brain. This longitudinal study will follow approximately 10,000 children, beginning at ages 9 and 10. The U is one of 11 sites in this study.
The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has issued a Call for Proposals for allocations on the Blue Waters system. The Call for Proposals can be found on the GLCPC website. Proposals should focus on the scale and unique capabilities of the Blue Waters system. Projects that could be completed on one of the other NSF-sponsored systems as part of the XSEDE program are not encouraged for Blue Waters allocations.
Two MSI Principal Investigators head projects that have received funding through the Minnesota Terrestrial Plants and Pests Center (MITPPC) at the U. MITPPC was established by the State of Minnesota last year with funding from the Minnesota Environment and Natural Resources Trust Fund. The projects contribute to the Center’s goal of finding new ways to manage invasive species in Minnesota. A total of four projects have received funding. The MSI PIs and their projects are:
MSI Fellow and Regents Professor Donald Truhlar (Chemistry) has been awarded the 2016 Earl K. Plyler Prize for Molecular Spectroscopy and Dynamics. This prestigious award is presented by the American Physical Society and is made in recognition of Professor Truhlar’s outstanding work and accomplishments in dynamics. Professor Truhlar and his research group use MSI’s supercomputers for a large number of projects in computational chemistry.
A new program from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is designed to develop new tools for investigating how environmental exposures affect children’s heath. The Masonic Cancer Center has been awarded $5.1 million over four years as part of this project.
On Wednesday, October 7, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.  During this maintenance period, MSI will be performing the following updates:• Mesabi will be offline for Infiniband testing• Citrix systems will be unavailable for updates• NX will be unavailable for configuration changes• Ceph/S3 filesystem will be upgraded to a new version• MSI CentOS systems will be upgrade to CentOS 6.7 (if not already upgraded)• MSI Debian systems will be updated
The Center for Sustainable Nanotechnology (CSN), a multi-institution research center based at the University of Wisconsin Madison, has received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation. MSI Principal Investigator Christy Haynes (Chemistry) is the Center’s associate director.