The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE), a national virtual education organization partially funded by the Great Lakes Consortium for Petascale Computation, is offering three courses during Summer 2012. These courses, which include instruction in programming for many-core processors and heterogeneous systems and leveraging cloud systems, are designed for graduate and doctoral students from all disciplines. The courses are held at locations throughout the country. The registration cost is $100.


The courses are:

- Programming Heterogeneous Parallel Computing Systems, July 10-13
- Science Cloud Summer School, July 30 – August 3
- Proven Algorithmic Techniques for Many-Core Processors, August 13-17


Complete descriptions of the courses and a list of the locations at which they will be offered are shown at the course links provided above. Interested students can register at the VSCSE’s Membership Hub.


An article about Professor David Blank (MSI Associate Fellow; Chemistry) on the College of Science and Engineering’s website highlights his outstanding teaching and his methods of inspiring his students to their best efforts. His teaching methods include his promise to do pushups if a student catches him in an error on the blackboard. Professor Blank studies thermodynamics and quantum mechanics. His research group uses MSI resources to simulate the nonlinear optical observables associated with their experimental work. 

Jeff McDonald, Assistant Director of HPC Operations, and Bill Hellriegel, Assistant to the Director, were interviewed at the Minnesota High Tech Association's Spring Conference on April 25, 2012. Jeff and Bill talked about MSI's resources and the MSI services that are available to Minnesota companies. You can see the video at the TECHdotMN website.


A new study led by MSI PI Jeannine Cavender-Bares (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) describes the differences in plant populations in the city of Minneapolis and those in the Cedar Creek Natural History area. The study has been published in the journal Ecology and is described in a story by UMNews. Professor Cavender-Bares uses MSI to study the genetic structure and diversity of live oaks. Her group uses software available through MSI to analyze sequence data from seven different live-oak species and multiple populations within each species.

Beginning March 15 2012, the University is not allowing Remote Desktop from outside the UMN IP ranges. See the MSI FAQ for instructions on VPN use and gaining sponsored accounts if needed.