On Thursday, April 23, MSI held the sixth annual MSI Research Exhibition and dedicated our newest supercomputer, Mesabi. Mesabi is an HP distributed cluster featuring a large number of nodes with leading-edge Intel processors that are tightly integrated via a very high speed communication network. In addition, it contains a significant number of nodes with very large memory (up to 1 TB per node), accelerator nodes (GPU), and nodes with solid-state storage devices (SSD) for ultra high performance input/output.
At the Research Exhibition, MSI researchers presented posters of their work using MSI. The posters were judged by a panel of faculty members and prizes (travel awards) will be awarded. Posters competed in one of two categories, Physical Sciences and Engineering or Biological and Medical Sciences. Entrants were from a wide variety of disciplines. Ninety posters were submitted for the Research Exhibition, 81 of which participated in the competition. See photos from the event.
The judges awarded a Grand Prize winner in each category. The authors received a $1,500 travel award that can be used for conferences or professional meetings.
Biological and Medical Sciences Grand Prize: NINJA is not just another - short-reader mapper; authors: Gabriel Al-Ghalith, Emmanuel Montassier, Dan Knights; MSI PI: Dan Knights (Computer Science and Engineering)
Physical Sciences and Engineering Grand Prize: Equilibrium properties of DNA confined in nanochannels: A Monte Carlo chain growth approach; authors: Abhiram Muralidhar, Kevin D. Dorfman; MSI PI: Kevin D. Dorfman (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science)
Each category also had two Finalist prizes, who received $1,000 travel awards:
Biological and Medical Sciences Finalists:
Conformational dynamics of TNF receptors revealed by enhanced sampling techniques in molecular dynamics and free energy calculations; authors: Andrew K. Lewis, Anthony R. Braun, Christopher C. Valley, Jonathan N. Sachs; MSI PI: Jonathan N. Sachs (Biomedical Engineering)
Identification of novel candidate biomarkers and therapeutic targets in human sarcomas by systematic RNA sequencing; authors: Anne E. Sarver, Aaron L. Sarver, Venugopal Thayanithy, Subbaya Subramanian; MSI PI: Subbaya Subramanian (Surgery)
Physical Sciences and Engineering Finalists:
Combining memory- and CPU-intensive applications to examine geologic CO2 sequestration at micrometer to kilometer scales; authors: Benjamin M. Tutolo, Andrew J. Luhmann, Xiang-Zhao Kong, William E. Seyfried, Jr., Martin O. Saar; MSI PI: Martin O. Saar (Earth Sciences)
First-principles insights on line defect in strained NdTiO3 on SrTiO3; authors: Mehmet Topsakal, Jong Seok Jeong, Peng Xu, Bharat Jalan, K. Andre Mkhoyan, Renata M. Wentzcovitch; MSI PI: Renata M. Wentzcovitch (Chemical Engineering and Materials Science; MSI Fellow)
Research Exhibition attendees also voted on a People's Choice award. The poster receiving this award was Multiscale model of strain-dependent glomerular basement membrane remodeling; authors: Sarah Vanderheiden, Mohammad F. Hadi, Victor Barocas; MSI PI: Victor Barocas (Biomedical Engineering; MSI Fellow). These authors received MSI t-shirts.
Complete lists of the submitted posters in each category are linked below:
Image description: The images were taken from the Grand Prize-winning posters at the 2014 Research Exhibition.
Left: Inferred regulatory network of selected cardiac genes during differentiation. From “Inferring gene regulatory networks in cardiac differentiation by integrating temporal RNA-seq and ChIP-seq data.” Wuming Gong, lead author.
Right: A half-elipsoid mesh was used to model the isolated Pacinian corpuscle (PC). The ellipsoid had a major axis of length 1 mm and a minor axis of length 500 μ-m. Delaunay networks were rotated to become circumferentially aligned within the PC. 10 μm indentation of a cylindrical rod of diameter 250 μm occurred along the +z axis. From “Multiscale mechanical modeling of the Pacinian corpuscle.” Julia Quindlen, lead author.
posted on April 1, 2015
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