posted on May 5, 2014

On Wednesday, May 7, 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:

• The MSI central filesystem, Panasas, will be upgraded to the latest software version. Clients will also be upgraded during this maintenance period. Most MSI resources will be unavailable during this period. 
• NX, the no-machine server, will be upgraded to the latest version.
• MSI printers will be unavailable as the service migrates to a new instance.
• Itasca will be unavailable for system updates of core services and to physically move some systems.
• Calhoun will be unavailable for system kernel updates.

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email


posted on April 28, 2014

MSI held its Fifth Annual Research Exhibition on April 24, 2014. This event showcases research being performed using MSI resources and includes a poster competition.

poster presenters at Research Exhibition

We had 44 posters submitted to the Exhibition this year, in a wide variety of disciplines. Posters were judged in two categories, Biological and Medical Sciences, and Physical Sciences and Engineering. The winners in the competition received travel awards made possible by generous donations from our sponsors: Matrix Integration, a partner of HP; SGI in partnership with Comnetco; and Cray.

Pictures of the prize winners can be found on the event webpage.



Grand Prizes ($1,500 travel award)

Grand Prize Winner, Biological and Medical Sciences:

Inferring gene regulatory networks in cardiac differentiation by integrating temporal RNA-seq and ChIP-seq data
Lead author: Wuming Gong
MSI Principal Investigator: Daniel Garry (Medicine)
Award Sponsor: Cray

Grand Prize Winner, Physical Sciences and Engineering:

Multi-scale mechanical modeling of the Pacinian corpuscle
Lead author: Julia Quindlen
MSI Principal Investigator: Victor Barocas (Biomedical Engineering)
Award Sponsor: Matrix Integration, a partner of HP


Finalist Prizes ($1,000 travel award)

Finalists, Biological and Medical Sciences:

Impulsivity, adolescence, and reward-related brain activation: A monozygotic twin fMRI study
Lead author: Merav Silverman
MSI Principal Investigator: Kathleen Thomas (Institute of Child Development)
Award Sponsor: Matrix Integration, a partner of HP

Fast, fully Bayesian spatiotemporal inference for fMRI data
Lead author: Donald Musgrove
MSI Principal Investigator: John Hughes (Biostatistics)
Award Sponsor: SGI in partnership with Comnetco

Finalists, Physical Sciences and Engineering:

Using high performance computing to examine the effects of thermal gradients in carbonate CCUS reservoirs
Lead author: Benjamin Tutolo
MSI Principal Investigator: Martin Saar (Earth Sciences)
Award Sponsor: Matrix Integration, a partner of HP

1D nanodusty plasma sectional model with pulsing for the study and control of particle generation and growth
Lead author: Carlos Larriba-Andaluz
Presenting author (pictured): Romain Le Picard
MSI Principal Investigator: Steven Girshick (Mechanical Engineering)
Award Sponsor: SGI in partnership with Comnetco


Thank you to our judges!

Kevin DorfmanChemical Engineering and Materials Science

Tim GriffisSoil, Water, and Climate

George KarypisComputer Science and Engineering

Dan KnightsComputer Science and Engineering

Kelvin LimPsychiatry

Chad MyersComputer Science and Engineering


Refreshments were sponsored by Cray and by Matrix Integration, a partner of HP.


posted April 25, 2014

The Supercomputing 2014 Conference is now accepting applications for their Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates program. This program is designed to introduce high-performance computing (HPC) research topics and techniques to undergraduate students. It takes place at the SC14 Conference, which will be held November 16-21, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. 

The Experiencing HPC for Undergraduates program includes selected parts of the SC14 Technical Program, plus some special sessions. These include panels with graduate students who will discuss graduate school, and academic research and panels with senior HPC researchers in academia, industry, and government who will discuss HPC-related career fields.

The co-chair of the program, Jeff Hollingsworth, discusses the program in an HPCWire podcast that can be viewed on the HPCWire website.

Information about the SC14 conference can be found on their website. Applications must be submitted using the SC14 submission site.

Applicants must be undergraduate students at the sophomore level or above.

Applications are due on June 15, 2014.


posted on April 23, 2014

MSI Principal Investigators Professor Laura Gagliardi (Chemistry) and Professor Chris Leighton (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science) have been named Distinguished McKnight University Professors. This award recognizes outstanding faculty members who recently achieved full professor status. The announcement appears on the Scholars Walk website.

Professor Gagliardi uses quantum chemistry and classical simulation techniques to study chemical systems. Her work at MSI includes study of homogeneous and heterogeneous catalysis in energy-related processes, reactivity and separation processes in nanoporous materials, and heavy-element-containing chemical systems. An article about Professor Gagliardi appears on the chemistry department website and an MSI Research Spotlight highlighting her work using MSI appeared in June 2013.

Professor Leighton studies the electronic and magnetic properties of materials. He uses MSI to analyze magnetization, electrical transport, and X-ray diffraction data. They also use neutron scattering facilities to collect data that provides information about the crystalline structure and magnetic properties of materials. An article about Professor Leighton appears on the chemical engineering and materials science website.


posted on April 15, 2014

MSI Principal Investigator Thomas Hoye, a professor in the chemistry department, has received the 2014 Minnesota Award from the American Chemical Society’s Minnesota section. This award is made annually to MN-ACS members who have made outstanding contributions to chemical research or to the profession. An article about Professor Hoye and this award appears on the Department of Chemistry website.

Professor Hoye and his research group use MSI to support their investigations into benzynes and the hexadehydro-Diels-Alder reaction. This work has been published in the prestigious journal Nature; MSI featured it as part of the Research Spotlights series in March 2013.