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

posted on January 30, 2014

The fifth International Summer School on HPC Challenges in Computational Sciences will be held June 1-6, 2014, in Budapest, Hungary. The summer school is sponsored by the European Union Seventh Framework Program’s Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe Implementation Phase project (PRACE-3IP), the US National Science Foundation’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) project, RIKEN Advanced Institute for Computational Science (RIKEN AICS), and Compute/Calcul Canada.

Leading American, Canadian, European, and Japanese computational scientists and HPC technologists will offer instruction on a variety of topics, including:

  • Access to EU, US, Japanese, and Canadian 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


This program is open to graduate students and post-docs and will benefit advanced scholars who use HPC for their research. Meals, housing, and travel expenses will be paid.

The application deadline is March 9, 2014.

Complete information, including the application, can be found on the Summer School website

posted on January 28, 2014

Two MSI Principal Investigators are among the eight assistant professors at the University of Minnesota who have been named McKnight Land-Grant Professors for 2014-16. They are Christophe Lenglet (Center for Magnetic Resonance Research) and James Van de Ven (Mechanical Engineering).

The McKnight Land-Grant Professorships are given to new assistant professors and include $25,000 in each of the two years of the award. These funds are to be used for the professors’ research. More information about the award can be found on the McKnight Land-Grant Professorship webpage.

Professor Lenglet and his research group are interested in developing tools for studying brain functions and neurogenerative disorders. They use MSI resources to run their simulations and to analyze MRI brain data.

Professor Van de Ven is studying methods of integrating renewable energy sources into the existing electric grid. They are investigating a solution that includes a novel high-efficiency compressed air energy storage system that utilizes a liquid piston for compression. The behavior of the liquid piston is modeled on MSI resources.