Training available for students in US, Europe, and Japan at International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences


Graduate students and postdoctoral scholars in the United States, Europe, and Japan are invited to apply for the fourth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences, to be held June 23-28, 2013, at New York University in New York City. The summer school is sponsored by the US National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project, the European Union Seventh Framework Program’s Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE), and RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS).


Leading American, European and Japanese computational scientists and high-performance computing technologists will offer instruction on a variety of topics, including:

  • Access to EU, US, and Japanese cyberinfrastructures
  • HPC challenges by discipline (e.g., bioinformatics, computer science, chemistry, and physics)
  • HPC programming proficiencies
  • Performance analysis and profiling
  • Algorithmic approaches and numerical libraries
  • Data-intensive computing
  • Scientific visualization


The expenses-paid summer school will benefit advanced scholars from European, US, and Japanese institutions who use HPC to conduct research.


Further information and to apply for the 2013 summer school, visit the 2013 International HPC Summer School website. Applications are due by March 18.





Hermann Lederer                                                                       

RZG, Max Planck Society, Germany                                       


Simon Wong

ICHEC, Ireland



Mitsuhisa Sato




Scott Lathrop

NCSA, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, United States


About PRACE: The Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) is an international non-profit association with its seat in Brussels. The PRACE Research Infrastructure provides a persistent world-class high performance computing service for scientists and researchers from academia and industry in Europe. The Implementation Phase of PRACE receives funding from the EU’s Seventh Framework Programme (FP7/2007-2013) under grant agreements RI-261557, RI-283493, and RI-312763. For more information, see the PRACE website.


About RIKEN AICS: RIKEN is one of Japan's largest research organizations with institutes and centers in locations throughout Japan. The Advanced Institute for Computational Science (AICS) strives to create an international center of excellence dedicated to generating world-leading results through the use of its world-class supercomputer, “K computer.” It serves as the core of the “innovative high-performance computer infrastructure” project promoted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology.


About XSEDE: The Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) is the most advanced, powerful, and robust collection of integrated digital resources and services in the world. It is a single virtual system that scientists can use to interactively share computing resources, data, and expertise. The five-year project is supported by the US National Science Foundation. For more information, see the XSEDE website



Three MSI Principal Investigators are co-authors on a paper that appears in the February 7, 2013 edition of the journal Nature (“APOBEC3B is an enzymatic source of mutation in breast cancer,” Nature, DOI:10.1038/nature11881 (2013)). The paper reports the researchers’ discovery of an enzyme that could be a source of mutations in breast-cancer tumors. This research could have broad implications for the diagnosis and treatment of cancer. A press release about the research appears on the Masonic Cancer Center website.


Associate Professor Reuben Harris (Masonic Cancer Center, BMBB) was the lead researcher on the study. He has used MSI resources for several years in his investigations of mammalian APOBEC proteins. Professor Harris, in collaboration with MSI PI Associate Professor Hiroshi Matsuo (BMBB), previously studied how the protein APOBEC3G can alter the HIV genome. In 2008, this work was reported in Nature; MSI highlighted the research in the Fall 2008 MSI Research Bulletin and in an MSI Research Spotlight in January 2010.


Other MSI PIs working on this study include Professor Douglas Yee (Director, Masonic Cancer Center) and Professor Natalia Tretyakova (Masonic Cancer Center). Professor Yee uses MSI resources to support his research into the development of personalized, targeted drugs to fight breast cancer; Professor Tretyakova uses MSI to process data obtained from mass spectrometry analysis of how chemotherapeutic drugs affect DNA.


Additional stories about these findings appeared in the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, the Minnesota Daily, and UMNews.



MSI Principal Investigator Connie Lu (Chemistry) has received a prestigious CAREER Award from the National Science Foundation for her research project, Configuring New Bonds Between First-Row Transition Metals. She uses MSI for this research.


The five-year CAREER Award is presented to junior faculty in recognition of outstanding teaching and research and the integration of the two. You can read more about Professor Lu and her research on the Department of Chemistry’s website



MSI Principal Investigator John Ohlfest (Masonic Cancer Center, Departments of Pediatrics and Neurosurgery) passed away on January 21, 2013. Professor Ohlfest’s research concerned the treatment of brain tumors using gene therapy and novel immunotherapies intended to boost a patient’s immune system to attack cancer. He used MSI for bioinformatics tools and sequencing software to support this research.


An obituary of Professor Ohlfest appears on the Masonic Cancer Center website. The staff at MSI extends their deepest condolences to his family, friends, and colleagues.


MSI PI Michael Tsapatsis was profiled by UMNews this week. He and his colleagues are creating zeolite nanosheets, work which has received a great deal of attention and has been published in Science magazine. MSI featured this research last summer in a Research Spotlight.