posted on June 29, 2015

On Wednesday, July 1, from 04:00 - 15:00, MSI staff will perform scheduled maintenance and upgrades to the network and various systems. This downtime will be a global, system-wide maintenance to upgrade the network components providing Panasas connectivity. 

During this maintenance period, we will be performing the following updates:
• Mesabi will be unavailable for Infiniband testing, software, and network updates.
• Lab systems, login nodes, and Galaxy will be offline briefly for network additions and OS updates.
• The MSI Lab Queue will be offline for software updates.
• Nice systems will be offline for software updates.
• Citrix/Xen will be offline for system updates.

Systems status is always available on our Status page.

If you have any questions, please email

posted June 25, 2015

Vipin Kumar (MSI Fellow; Head, Computer Science and Engineering) is among three University professors who have been named Regents Professors. They will be formally recognized by the Board of Regents in September 2105.

Professor Kumar and his research group develop novel, high-performance data-mining algorithms and tools for mining large-scale datasets. These include projects using data from earth-observing satellites or creating methods to analyze biomedical data. Because of the “big data” nature of the data, MSI resources are critical for these types of projects.

An article about all three new Regents Professors can be found on the University’s Discover blog.


posted on June 12, 2015

MSI PI Dan Knights, an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and member of the BioTechnology Institute, was featured recently in a story on Minnesota Public Radio (MPR). The story discusses a new area of medical research, the gut microbiome. The story can be found on the MPR website.

Professor Knights uses math and computational modeling to study microbial communities, including the microbiome of the human gut. He was a co-author on a paper about the fungal microbiome in infants that was featured in an MSI Research Spotlight in April 2015Professor Knights was also profiled in an article by the University of Minnesota Foundation that featured U researchers who use mathematics to conquer problems in medicine

posted on June 10, 2015

On June 8, 130 attendees participated in a Symposium on Precision Medicine, held at the McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota. The Symposium was jointly sponsored by the Precision Medicine and Health Consortium, MSI, the Academic Health Center, the Department of Experimental and Clinical Pharmacology (College of Pharmacy), and the Consortium on Law and Values in Health, Environment, and the Life Sciences.

presentation at the Symposium for Precision Medicine

Speakers at the symposium included informatics experts from Pfizer Worldwide R&D, AstraZeneca, the Medical Informatics team at Vanderbilt University, and departments and centers at the University of Minnesota.

The schedule and list of speakers can be found at the symposium website.


posted on June 8, 2015

Professor Jian-Ping Wang, an MSI PI from the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (College of Science and Engineering), is developing a handheld device that will allow farmers to detect diseases in their livestock. This will be useful because it will allow farmers to react to disease before it has time to infect an entire herd or flock. This work appeared recently in an article about collaborations to curb animal diseases on the OVPR’s Inquiry blog.

Professor Wang uses MSI to support his research into the electronic structure of materials. Last year, he received a prize from the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE for a device that may eventually help physicians diagnose serious ailments using just a drop of blood. He was named a Titan of Technology by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal in August 2014.