posted on November 1, 2013

On Wednesday, November 6, 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:

  • Network firmware updates and modifications will be performed affecting external connectivity for up to 1 hour.
  • Infrastructure services (LDAP, MSI website, email, license servers, etc) will be restarted.
  • Servers hosting websites and databases will be restarted.
  • Galaxy, NX servers, GPUT, SAS, Timelogic decypher servers will be restarted.
  • Torque/moab server for the lab queue will be replaced.
  • Lab scratch space (/scratch1, /scratch2, etc) moved to a new fileserver.
  • Koronis system will be unavailable for a PBSpro upgrade


Systems status is always available on our Status page

If you have any questions, please email



posted on October 29, 2013

Professor Chris Macosko (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) is a co-leader of a multidisciplinary team researching how to create strong, durable composite materials that are cost-efficient to manufacture. Professor Macosko, an expert in polymers, has been working with Professor Andreas Stein (Chemistry) on a project funded by Artiman Ventures, a Palo Alto venture-capital company that is interested in new techniques for making these materials. The group has developed a technology that involves graphene nanoparticles; this technology has a patent pending through the University of Minnesota and was recently licensed by Adama Materials through the U’s Office for Technology Commercialization. This is the first research sponsored by Minnesota Innovation Partnerships (MN-IP) to have a license deal finalized. An article about this research and how MN-IP helps support the development of new technologies can be found on the OVPR’s Business blog.

Professor Macosko uses MSI resources to process and analyze three-dimensional images of multiphase polymer microstructures. 

posted October 28, 2013

The Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation (GLCPC) has announced their Call for Proposals for annual allocations on the Blue Waters HPC system.

The GLCPC is a collaboration among colleges, universities, national research laboratories, and other educational institutions. It has been allocated 3.5 million node hours (equivalent to ~ 50 million core hours) annually on the Blue Waters supercomputer as part of the Blue Waters project. University of Minnesota faculty are eligible to apply.

The deadline for proposals is November 18, 2013. The review process is expected to be completed by early January 2014. The allocations will be available beginning April 1, 2014 and will expire one year after the time of the award.

Complete information about proposal requirements and application instructions can be found on the GLCPC website.


posted on October 17, 2013

MSI PI Assistant Professor Anna Tischler (Microbiology) has received a New Innovator Award from the National Institutes of Health. This award is presented to young researchers who received their terminal degree fewer than 10 years prior to the award. Professor Tischler’s proposal was called “High-throughput Identification of Mycobacterium tuberculosis Persistence Mechanisms.” She uses software available at MSI as part of her research into how M. tuberculosis avoids host immune responses.

More information can be found on the Medical School’s Health Talk blog.

posted on October 7, 2013

An MSI Principal Investigator is part of a new project to study diagnostic methods and treatments for meningitis. The University of Minnesota Medical School’s Division of Infectious Diseases and International Medicine have received a $3.2 million grant for this project. They will partner with Uganda’s Makerere University, with whom the U has been working for nearly ten years. The University’s story can be found in the People section of the University Relations website (October 2, “$3.2 million grant to diagnose/treat meningitis”).

Associate Professor Kirsten Nielsen (Microbiology, Medical School/College of Biological Sciences) is one of the collaborators on the project to study how sertraline, an antidepressant with antifungal properties, can be used to treat cryptococcal meningitis, which is caused by a fungal pathogen. Professor Nielsen uses MSI to study how the fungus Cryptococcus neoformans is able to cross the blood-brain barrier.