posted on February 20, 2014

Assistant Professor Jake Bailey (Earth Sciences) has been awarded an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship. This is a very competitive award that honors early-career U.S. and Canadian researchers. Professor Bailey was given the award in recognition of his work in the field geobiology. He uses MSI resources for this research, which investigates how the activities of microorganisms, especially sulfur bacteria, on the precipitation and dissolution of authigenic minerals. (Authigenic minerals are those that were created where they are found, as opposed to those that were transported to their location by wind or water.) The work involves analysis of single-gene and whole-genome sequence data. More information about the Sloan Fellowship can be found in the College of Science and Engineering’s news release.

posted February 14, 2014

A recent story by Minnesota Public Radio highlighted research being performed at the University of Minnesota Duluth. Dr. Matt Andrews studies the hibernation of 13-lined ground squirrels (also known as gophers). The metabolic changes the ground squirrels undergo when they are hibernating are providing insights into how the mammals store and use fat. The clues to this process are found in the squirrels’ genes. More knowledge about these genes may someday lead to drugs that could help humans with weight problems.

MSI PI Professor Marshall Hampton (UMD Mathematics and Statistics) is collaborating with Dr. Andrews and uses MSI resources to help their study of the transcriptomes (the set of RNA molecules) of the animals, using Illumina sequencing.

The entire MPR News story can be found on their website.

posted February 13, 2014

Associate Professor Ryan Elliott (Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics) has received the Thomas J.R. Hughes Young Investigator Award from the Applied Mechanics Division of ASME. The award is given to researchers under 40 who have made special achievements in applied mechanics. ASME is an international professional organization devoted to enabling collaboration and promoting the role of the engineer in society. This awards recognizes Professor Elliott's work in atomistic simulations of shape memory alloys. 

Professor Elliott uses MSI resources to create simulations of objective structures. More information about this research, including a bibliography of recent publications, can be found on the Elliott group’s project abstract page.

posted on February 3, 2014

On Wednesday, February 5, 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:

  • Networking upgrades will be implemented resulting in a downtime of up to 30 minutes for external connections.
  • Itasca and Cascade will be offline for software updates.
  • Koronis will be down for hardware maintenance.
  • The NX remote desktop service,, will be upgraded from 3.5 to version 4.0. At maintenance time, all existing NX sessions will be cancelled. After maintenance, users are encouraged to upgrade to the latest NX4 client version; instructions will be sent in a separate email.
  • will be unavailable for up to one hour - the service will move to a new virtual server.
  • Home directories from past retired MSI systems, including /home/it[12], /home/xe[12], and /home/archive/, will be taken offline.


Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email

posted on January 30, 2014

The Blue Waters program is sponsoring 20 undergraduate internships for 2014-15. Interns will participate in petascale computing research and development projects. The research should begin in Summer 2014 and continue through the school year. Interns will work with a faculty mentor on their home campus or at another campus (any accredited degree-granting institution in the US). The interns will present their projects and results at the 2015 Blue Waters Symposium, and will submit a final paper by May 31, 2015.

The program provides a $5,000 stipend, a two-week high-performance computing workshop (to be held at U of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, May 25 - June 7, 2014), and travel to the Blue Waters Symposium in 2015. 

The application deadline is March 21, 2014.

Complete information about the internship program, including a link to the application, can be found on the Blue Waters website