2023 Research Computing Exhibition

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The 14th annual Research Computing Exhibition (formerly the MSI Research Exhibition) was held on April 25, 2023. The event was held at the MSI offices in Walter Library.

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum level

PIER Group in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Gold level


Silver level


Events included a panel discussion about employment in HPC fields, a judged poster session with posters featuring work being done using Research Computing resources, tours of the data center, and visualizations by Research Computing users in the Visualization Lab.

Panel Discussion - Employment in High Performance Computing


Moderator: Jim Wilgenbusch; Director of Research Computing

Forest Godfrey; Distinguished Technologist, Slingshot Network Group, HPE

Adam Marko; Director of Life Science, Panasas

Subramanian Kartik; VP of Systems Engineering, VAST Data

Dan McDonald; IT Services Supervisor, U of M Department of Chemical Engineering and Materials Science

Ben Lynch; Director, MSI

Poster Session

Posters by MSI users competed in one of two categories, Life Sciences and Engineering or Physical Sciences and Engineering. They were judged using the following criteria:

  • How much did using Research Computing contribute to the outcome of the research presented?
  • How well is the use of Research Computing and the research communicated on the poster?
  • How well of the importance of this science communicated?

Life Sciences and Engineering

Grand Prize Winner (travel award of $2,000):

Tracking viruses in real time using "dirty" mice

Authors:  Frances Shepherd, Shanley Roach, Autumn Sanders, Dira Putri, Zhongde Wang, Ryan Langlois

PI:  Ryan Langlois (Microbiology and Immunology)

Finalists (travel awards of $1,000):

Metagenomic MAGIC: Dissecting the structure and function of the developing gut microbiome

Authors: Daniel Chang, Suzie Hoops, Dan Knights

PI: Dan Knights (BioTechnology Institute; Computer Science and Engineering)

Overcoming near-sightedness in protein-surface molecular simulations with ML lenses

Authors: Varun Gopal, Salman Bin Kashif, Daniel Pert, Aniruddha Seal, Brian Lee, Sapna Sarupria

PI: Sapna Sarupria (Chemistry)

Physical Sciences and Engineering

Grand Prize Winner (travel award of $2,000):

Forging mass outflow rate estimators in FIRE

Authors: Cody Carr, Aaron Smith, Viraj Pandya, Chris Hayward, Claudia Scarlata

PI: Claudia Scarlata (Physics and Astronomy)

Finalists (travel awards of $1,000):

Sustainable maritime transportation: Design and optimization of a global marine fuel supply chain

Authors: Hanchu Wang, Prodromos Daoutidis, Qi Zhang

PI: Qi Zhang (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)

Investigating the effects of arginine on hydrophobic interactions: Insights towards temperature-stable vaccine design

Authors: Jonathan Zajac, Praveen Muralikrishnan, Sapna Sarupria

PI: Sapna Sarupria (Chemistry)

Thank you to the Poster Session judges!

Natalia Calixto Mancipe, MSI

Nick Dunn, MSI

Ryan Langlois, Microbiology

Ben Lynch, MSI

Noelle Noyes, Veterinary Population Medicine

Borgne Raasch, MSI

Ju Sun, Computer Science and Engineering

Photos from the Research Computing Exhibition.

posted on May 1, 2023

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