A recent story on tv station KARE-11 featured MSI PI Chris Hogan (professor, Mechanical Engineering) talking about how upgrades to building ventilation systems can help inhibit the spread of COVID-19. Upgraded ventilation systems, as well as inexpensive methods such as opening windows and changing filters, can keep the coronavirus from spreading in aerosol drops.
MSI PI Paul Dauenhauer (professor, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) has been named a finalist for the Blavatnik National Awards for Young Scientists. This prestigious award is the largest unrestricted prize for early-career scientists and engineers. Professor Dauenhauer is one of only 31 finalists nationwide this year. The final awards will be announced in July.
MSI will be upgrading its Panasas storage system to the next-generation Ultra hardware. The 10 Petabytes of new hardware represent a net 5 PB increase in storage capability. MSI’s ceph-based storage, built with HPE hardware, will also be increased by 5 PB. These increased capabilities are necessary as researchers are using larger and larger datasets. A press release from Panasas about this upgrade was released today.
MSI has joined the iRODS Consortium, an international membership-based foundation that leads the development and support of the open-source integrated Rule-Oriented Data System (iRODS). iRODS is free data-management software for data virtualization, data discovery, workflow automation, and secure collaboration. MSI plans to use it for the new HIPAA-compliant Blackwell cluster, which will enter production later in 2021. It will also be used to help users manage and share data in second-tier storage.
MSI PIs Paolo Provenzano (associate professor, Biomedical Engineering; Masonic Cancer Center), Beau Webber (assistant professor, Pediatrics; Masonic Cancer Center), and Branden Moriarity (assistant professor, Pediatrics; Masonic Cancer Center) and their colleagues