posted on September 30, 2014

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has issued a Call for Proposals for allocations on the Blue Waters system. Information about this system can be found on the National Center for Computing Applications 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.

The GLCPC is seeking innovation proposals that fall into four categories:
• Scaling studies
• Multi-GLCPC-institutional projects addressing focused scientific projects.
• Proposals for applications well-suited to the Blue Waters system architecture.
• Proposals from non-traditional and underserved communities.

The GLCPC anticipates 3-8 projects/allocations annually.

The deadline for allocation proposals is midnight EST November 3, 2014. The review process is expected to be complete by early January 2015, and allocations will be available for use beginning April 1, 2015. Allocations will expire after one year.

The Call for Proposals can be found on the GLCPC website. It includes eligibility information, submission instructions, and the proposal format:

Blue Waters Call for Proposals



posted on September 29, 2014

On Wednesday, October 1, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems.

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:
• Itasca will undergo extensive updates and reconfiguration - we expect the work to last into the afternoon of October 1
• Network testing and reconfiguration (affecting external connectivity)
• Panasas filesystem software will be updated
• Remote Xen desktops will be unavailable
• CEPH S3 storage system will be unavailable for relocation
• Elmod system will be updated and rebooted

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email

posted on September 23, 2014

PI Carol Lange, a professor in the Department of Medicine’s Division of Hematology, Oncology and Transplantation (Medical School) has been named the Fall 2014 Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Scholar/Lecturer. This award is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Women’s Center with support from the Office of the Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and the University Libraries. It is presented to honor the accomplishments of distinguished women faculty at the University of Minnesota.

Professor Lange’s lecture, “Women’s Cancer: Making Sense of Hormones,” will be an overview of her current research, particularly how estrogen and progesterone receptors behave in cancer cells versus normal cells. She uses MSI resources to support this work; her group’s project at MSI studies the role of progesterone receptors in breast-cancer progression. She is a member of the Masonic Cancer Center and has developed diagnostic tools that identify breast-cancer patients who are most likely to benefit from certain treatments.

The Ada Comstock Distinguished Women Lecture will be held at the Cowles Auditorium in the Hubert H. Humphrey School of Public Affairs, 4-6pm, on October 27, 2014. The lecture is free, but attendees are requested to RSVP.


posted September 15, 2014

MSI Principal Investigator David Tilman (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) has been awarded a prestigious 2014 Balzan Prize. This is an international award that comes with an $800,000 prize, half of which is intended to support young researchers. The award is in recognition of Tilman’s many contributions to theoretical and experimental plant ecology.

Tilman is a University of Minnesota Regents Professor, Director of the Cedar Creek Ecosystem Science Reserve (CCESR), and a Fellow of the Institute on the Environment. He and his MSI research group use MSI resources to support their work at CCESR. MSI is providing hosting for the CCESR’s interactive databases, which are used by researchers. The MSI website also serves as a community outreach tool that provides information on world-class research and education opportunities, and species identification guides.

More about this award can be found on the University's Discover blog.


posted on September 12, 2014

MSI Principal Investigator Larry Wackett (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics) and several of his colleagues in the BioTechnology Institute have recently received a MnDRIVE Transdisciplinary Research Program award. The researchers are interested in how chemicals entering the environment can be degraded quickly and safely.

Professor Wackett’s research group has recently shown that a bacterial enzyme that degrades the chemical compound naphthalene can also act on other chemicals. The MnDRIVE award will be used to start a database of bacterial enzymes that have known actions, then will computationally predict the other chemicals that enzyme will work on. An article about this award and the research it will be used to fund can be found on the College of Biological Science’s Connect blog.

Professor Wackett uses computing to answer important biological questions. His lab is involved in several projects that involve MSI’s computational resources. One of the co-investigators on the MnDRIVE project is MSI PI Professor Carrie Wilmot (Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, and Biophysics), who uses MSI to study the synthesis and function of novel organic, organometallic, and metal ion cofactors in proteins.