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The December 18 issue of The Economist highlights the work being done by the not-for-profit Planetary Skin Institute (PSI), created by Cisco Systems and NASA, on measurement of the extent and health of the world's forests. Key to that effort has been the data-mining work led by Professor Vipin Kumar (MSI Fellow, Computer Science and Engineering). Professor Kumar and his collaborators participated in the United Nations recent climate change conference in Cancun and gave a joint presentation there with the PSI and NASA. Other articles about Professor Kumar's work appear in the Fall 2008 MSI Research Bulletin and in the 2010 Annual Research Highlights.
The EOLOS consortium led by the University of Minnesota and supported by a US Department of Energy grant has a new website (http://www.eolos.umn.edu/) up. The consortium was established to create collaboration between universities, government organizations, and industry in hopes of learning more about wind powered energy. Members of the consortium have used MSI’s Itasca supercomputer to perform simulations of turbine flow and modeling of the atmosphere. With MSI’s help, the consortium will be able to improve wind energy technology, thus, making it easier to expand wind power across the country. For more information on MSI’s involvement in the EOLOS consortium, please see our "Modeling the Wind” article in our 2010 Annual Research Highlights.
MSI participated in the College of Science and Engineering’s Math and Science Family Fun Fair on Saturday, November 13th. More than 200 kids and their parents came to MSI’s booth at Coffman Union. The families were able to see first-hand how supercomputers are helping researchers at the University of Minnesota and beyond by getting to experiment with some computing equipment and view some of our 3-D visualizations. Pictures from the event are available.
MSI, and more specifically, our Itasca supercomputer, was recently featured on a television program called "The Global Learning Series.” In the video you will see former MSI Director Tom Jones, as well as University of Minnesota chemistry professor and MSI Fellow, Darrin York, talk about the development of computers over time, the importance of supercomputing at a research institution and how modern supercomputers work. The program will be used as interstitial programming on a network of 349 public television stations across the country.