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.



posted January 21, 2014

The deadline for applying to the Blue Waters Graduate Fellowship Program for HPC Research is February 3, 2014, at 9 pm EST. PhD students selected for this program will receive a stipend, tuition allowance, an allocation on the Blue Waters system, and a travel allowance to attend a Blue Waters-sponsored symposium. Preference will be given to applicants who have a multidisciplinary research project.

More information about the program and how to apply, including links to the Blue Waters website, can be found in our News story dated December 5, 2013.

posted on January 17, 2014

Researchers in the research group of Professor Catherine French (Civil Engineering) are featured in a news story about the sensors built into the 35W bridge in Minneapolis. Professor Carol Shield (Civil Engineering), who is the co-Principal Investigator of the group, and civil engineering graduate student Brock Hedegaard both appear in the video on the tv station Kare11’s website. The bridge, which replaced the one that collapsed in August 2007, contains state-of-the-art sensors that provide data about the behavior of the bridge.

The research group uses MSI to develop and run finite-element models of structures. The results of their model of the bridge are compared to the measured data, which will allow engineers to better predict how bridges will react to temperature, loading, and other stresses. This work was featured in the 2009 Annual Research Highlights.

posted on January 6, 2014

On Wednesday, January 8, 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.
  • MSI login nodes will be rebooted and updated (expected to be available after 8:30 a.m.
  • Koronis UV1000 will be offline for Hardware Parts replacement.
  • Itasca will be offline for software updates.
  • MAM, a new SU tracking software, will be deployed in an authoritative mode on Cascade, Itasca, and Calhoun. Staff will be closely monitoring jobs on these systems to ensure the tracking software is working as expected. Lab users and Koronis users will not be affected.


Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email



posted on December 17, 2013

New applications created by the University of Minnesota’s Polar Geospatial Center (PGC) were recently highlighted by the The Antarctic Sun, a publication from the United States Antarctic Program. The article contains quotes from Professor Paul Morin, the Center director and an MSI PI.

The PGC has created web-based mapping applications for viewing high-resolution satellite images of the Arctic and Antarctic. The Center’s newest application, Imagery Viewers, allows users to make their own maps for locations in Antarctica, Greenland, and Alaska. More details about the application and the PGC’s work can be read in an online article.

Professor Morin and the PGC use MSI facilities to process, store, and deliver their high-resolution images, remotely sensed data, and maps.