News

Kenneth Beckmann, Director of the U’s Biomedical Genomics Center (BMGC), was interviewed recently on the OVPR Business blog. MSI is developing web applications for the BMGC.  
posted July 27, 2012 George Weiblen, a curator at the Bell Museum of Natural History, is profiled on the OVPR’s Research blog. Dr. Weiblen and his team are identifying trees in 100 acres of New Guinea rain forest. MSI is currently working with Dr. Weiblen on a project to digitize collections at the Bell Museum.   
student visit to MSI
On June 27, two students visited MSI to learn about the MSI and the supercomputers. AJ (Alec) Olson and Jake Grisim, who are visually impaired, were given a tour of MSI by Yectli Huerta, HPC Systems Administrator, and Eric Badger, Student Technical Support Lead. AJ attends St. Croix Preparatory Academy and Jake attends Shakopee Middle School. Jake and AJ visited the machine room, where they learned about supercomputers and were able to touch and inspect various pieces of equipment.
posted June 26, 2012
  The Active Archive Alliance has released a case study about MSI’s Spectra Logic file archive system. The case study can be found on the linked page under the "University of Minnesota" header.   
MSI PI Les Szabo (Plant Pathology) was interviewed on June 11 on Minnesota Public Radio's Daily Circuit program. He discussed his work with wheat rust, a common and devastating disease of wheat caused by the Puccinia graminis pathogen. Professor Szabo is using MSI to study the genomics of a variant of this pathogen, Ug99, which is highly virulent and against which most wheat does not have resistance.  
MSI PI Martin Saar (Earth Sciences), MSI Fellow Thomas Kuehn (Mechanical Engineering), and postdoctoral fellow Jimmy Randolph have invented a process by which carbon dioxide can be used as a renewable, green power source. The process, called the CO2-plume geothermal (CPG) system, shows great promise in computer models. The U has applied for international patents; testing should begin next year. You can read more in “Clean energy from CO2?” on the UMNews website.
MSI PI Anindya Bagchi (Genetics, Cell Biology, and Genetics and Masonic Cancer Center) is highlighted in a story by the Minnesota Medical Foundation about research that may one day lead to a cure for type 1 diabetes. In diabetes, insulin-making cells in the pancreas die. Along with University researcher Mari Firpo (Stem Cell Institute and Schulze Diabetes Institute), Professor Bagchi is investigating how cell death happens and how it can be stopped. 
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.
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.
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.
Three MSI researchers, C. Daniel Frisbie (CEMS), Claudia Schmidt-Dannert (BMBB), and Jian-Ping Wang (ECE) have received 2012 Distinguished McKnight Professorships. This program recognizes outstanding mid-career faculty at the University of Minnesota. Recipients receive the title of Distinguished McKnight Professor, which they retain for as long as they stay at the University of Minnesota, plus a five-year, $100,000 grant.
MSI Principal Investigator Dan Keefe’s work at the LMVL is highlighted in the OVPR’s Research blog. Work on virtual-reality modeling of medical devices by members of Professor Keefe's research group was highlighted in the Fall 2010 MSI Research Bulletin. Another member of Professor Keefe's group, Kyungyoon V.
You can watch a short video about MSI by the Office of Business Relations on the OVPR Business blog.
MSI PI Robert Zink (Ecology, Evolution, and Behavior) is highlighted in a story on the College of Biological Science website. Professor Zink uses his combined expertise in ornithology and outdoor sports to communicate with the non-scientific public in periodicals aimed at outdoor sports enthusiasts.
MSI is pleased to announce the availability of Cascade, our new GPGPU (General Purpose Graphical Processing Unit) resource. For more information, please see our Cascade page and our Cascade Quickstart Guide.