The JoinMap is an advanced computer software for the calculation of genetic linkage maps in experimental populations. It provides high quality tools that allow detailed study of the experimental data and the generation of publication-ready map charts. The intuitive MS-Windows ® user interface of JoinMap invites to a better exploration of the data. For instance, you can perform several diagnostical tests, both before and after the actual map calculation, and you can remove potentially erroneous loci and individuals from the map calculations by a simple mouse-click.


GaussView is an advanced graphical user interface designed to be used with Gaussian to make calculations easier, quicker, and more efficient. The GaussView interface features include easy Gaussian calculation set up and three dimensional molecular modeling


Gaussian performs semiempirical and ab initio molecular orbital (MO), density functional, and molecular mechanics calculations.

To use this program at MSI, please send a request to and ask to be added to the Gaussian group. To use Gaussian 09, you need to be a researcher at the Twin Cities campus.


Tecplot is a powerful interactive plotting program for visualizing and analyzing engineering and scientific data. It integrates XY plotting with two and three-dimensional surface data-visualization capabilities into a single easy-to-use program. Tecplot allows the user to create plots with contours,iso-surfaces, mesh lines, vectors, streamlines, light-source shaded surfaces, and scatter symbols.


Mimics is useful for visualization and segmentation of CT / MR images and 3D rendering of objects. It also provides an interface to create FEM meshes.
MSI currently has the following modules
  • Mimics basic - Allows segmentation, registration and measurement on 3D object
  • STL+ - Allows creation of 3D object for rapid prototyping
  • FEM - Add material property, create FEM mesh and export files to standard FEM packages

Materials Studio

MS Modeling is Materials Studio's modeling and simulation product suite, and is designed for structural and computational researchers in chemicals and materials R&D who need to perform expert-level modeling and simulations tasks in an easy to learn yet powerful environment. It provides flexible and validated tools for the study of materials at various length and time scales.


ABAQUS is a general-purpose Finite Element program designed for advanced linear and nonlinear engineering analysis applications.

The Institute has ABAQUS/Standard, ABAQUS/Explicit and ABAQUS/Cae.