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.

posted on December 10, 2013

The College of Biological Sciences recently profiled MSI Principal Investigator Ran Blekhman, an assistant professor in the Department of Genetics, Cell Biology, and Development. Professor Blekhman, who specializes in the genomics of humans and other primates, came to the U just recently, in the fall of 2013. He is studying how bacteria in the human body (the body being considered a "host" for the bacteria) are connected to a person’s genes and how this connection may be related to chronic diseases and conditions. More discussion of Professor Blekhman’s work can be found in the blog post “The message in microbiomes” on the CBS Connect blog

Professor Blekhman uses MSI’s supercomputers to support his group's research into host-bacteria interactions. The group uses large-scale genomics datasets and are developing and using computational, statistical, data-mining, and populations-genetics techniques.