posted on October 10, 2014

MSI Fellow Professor David Yuen (Earth Sciences) is one of the organizers of the Impact of Waves Along Coastlines workshop being held at the Institute for Mathematics and its Applications on October 14-17, 2014. Professor Yuen and colleagues from across the country have put together this workshop, which features discussions of computer modeling and simulation of tsunamis and other coastal waves and how these simulations can be improved for better risk assessment and prediction. A description can be found on the IMA website.

Professor Yuen has been a Fellow of the Supercomputing Institute since its early days in the 1980s. His research at MSI addresses fundamental problems in both geophysics and biofluid dynamics. Articles about earlier work can be found in the MSI Research Bulletin: WebViz: A Collaborative Visualization System for Large-Scale 3D Data; Interactive Supercomputing.


posted on October 8, 2014

The Center for Magnetic Resonance Research has received two federal grants under the BRAIN Initiative. One of these projects is co-headed by MSI Principal Investigator Michael Garwood, a professor of radiology (Medical School) along with radiology professor Thomas Vaughn. The grant will help fund the development of a small, portable magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) device.

Articles about this award can be found in the University Brief and the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. Professor Garwood uses MSI resources to create accurate simulations of novel frequency swept pulse sequences for MRI.

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.