On Wednesday, September 4, 2013, from 04:00 – 15:00, MSI 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 one hour. Itasca will be offline for system updates. Cascade will be briefly unavailable for Panasas client updates. MSI Windows systems will be offline for system updates.  
As part of the ongoing selection process for the next HPC system at MSI, MSI has invited top high performance computing vendors to present their high performance computing portfolios and roadmaps to users in a Town Hall setting. SGI will be on-site Friday, August 30, 2013, 9:00am - 12:00pm, to provide presentations and have interactive discussions with MSI users. The meeting will take place in Walter Library, Room 402. The agenda is provided below:
Trigeminal neuralgia is a neurological condition that causes such severe, uncontrollable facial pain that some patients will kill themselves. The disease is difficult to diagnose and its causes are unknown. A new center dedicated to facial pain has recently been created at the U. Assistant Professor Christophe Lenglet, an MSI PI at the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research, is part of the team at this new center.
As part of the selection process for the next HPC system at MSI, we have invited top high-performance computing vendors to present their high-performance computing portfolios and roadmaps to users in a Town Hall setting. We expect a 1-2 hour presentation from each vendor followed by an opportunity for users to ask questions.   To start off, Cray Inc. will be on-site Tuesday, August 20, 2013 from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. to provide presentations and have interactive discussions with MSI users. The meeting will take place in Walter Library, Room 402.  
  The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently ran an article about the growth of bioinformatics and how the U is contributing to advances in the field. The article includes discussion of the Biomedical Informatics and Computational Biology graduate program at the U's Rochester campus and the Institute for Health Informatics. Researchers in both those programs use MSI resources.  
Two MSI PIs, Professor Larry Wackett (BMBB, BioTechnology Institute) and Professor Michael Sadowsky (Soil, Water, and Climate, BioTechnology Institute), are part of a team developing a silica sponge stuffed with bacteria that can eat the contaminants in water that are a result of the hydrof
On Wednesday, August 7, 2013, 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 a site-wide maintenance. Most MSI systems will be down for a short period of time; the systems down for maintenance include:
  MSI is sorry to note that MSI Principal Investigator Professor John Riedl (Computer Science and Engineering) passed away on July 15, 2013 at the age of 51. He had battled cancer for three years.  
The problem of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is major, and one that is receiving a great deal of attention from researchers around the world. The Research blog (read the full article) of the Office of the Vice President for Research recently published an article about University faculty who are involved in this research. Some of these faculty members are MSI Principal Investigators:
  Vice President for Research Brian Herman gave a presentation to the University Regents at their meeting on July 10 that outlined his goals for the University’s research agenda and discussed several initiatives. The Office of the Vice President for Research (OVPR) is working closely with the University President’s office on strategic planning to advance the University’s research mission.  
  A recent study co-authored by MSI Principal Investigator Katy Kozhimannil (Health Policy and Management) shows that many physicians specializing in family practice, rather than specialists such as obstetrician-gynecologists, provide care to women before and during pregnancy. This research has implications for medical schools, which are implementing new family-medicine residency programs that have an option for less maternity-care training.  
The NIH Big Data to Knowledge Program (BD2K) is soliciting feedback from the research community on the development of a biomedical data catalog to make biomedical research data findable and citable, as PubMed does for scientific publications.   All responses must be submitted via email to by June 25, 2013.   Below is the wording of the NIH announcement:  
  The OVPR’s Business blog recently posted a story about services that MSI is providing to a research and development team at Cargill. The project involves a problem related to poor aeration in a fermenting process. MSI assisted Cargill staff to license and install specialized software on one of the supercomputers, and are using the system to model possible solutions.  
  The Virtual School of Computational Science and Engineering (VSCSE) is holding two courses this summer. These courses are open to graduate students, post-docs, and young professionals who want to expand their skills with advanced computational resources. The courses are offered at institutions around the country, allowing participants to go to the most convenient location.