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MSI PIs Form Start-Ups in Fiscal Year 2014

posted on August 21, 2014 The Office of the Vice President for Research recently announced that a record 15 start-up companies based on University inventions were formed in Fiscal Year 2014, which ended on June 30, 2014. Several of these start-ups are headed up by MSI Principal Investigators. These...

MRSEC Receives NSF Grant

The University of Minnesota Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC) has received a $17.8 million grant from the National Science Foundation . Over a dozen MSI Principal Investigators are participating faculty at the Center (see list below). The mission of the Center is to enable “...


XtalView is a complete package for solving a macromolecular crystal structure by isomorphous replacement, including building the molecular model. It has a simple but comprehensive windows based interface. XtalView maintains log files of the computations done. Standard file formats are used, which facilitates communication between XtalView and programs such as X-PLOR, TNT, and MERLOT. Home Page


D4M attempts to combine the advantages of five distinct processing technologies (sparse linear algebra, associative arrays, fuzzy algebra, distributed arrays, and triple-store/NoSQL databases such as Hadoop HBase and Apache Accumulo) to provide a database and computation system that addresses the problems associated with Big Data.


The ScaLAPACK (or Scalable LAPACK) library includes a subset of LAPACK routines redesigned for distributed memory MIMD parallel computers. It is currently written in a Single-Program-Multiple-Data style using explicit message passing for interprocessor communication. It assumes matrices are laid out in a two-dimensional block cyclic decomposition. It provides routines for solving systems of simultaneous linear equations, least-squares solutions of linear systems of equations, eigenvalue problems, and singular value problems. Dense and banded matrices are handled, but not general sparse...


From the breseq manual pages : breseq (pronounced: breeze-seq) is a computational pipeline for the analysis of short-read re-sequencing data (e.g. 454, Illumina, SOLiD, etc.). It uses reference-based alignment approaches to predict mutations in a sample relative to an already sequenced genome. breseq is intended for microbial genomes (<10 Mb) and re-sequenced samples that are only slightly diverged from the reference sequence (<1 mutation per 1000 bp). breseq‘s primary advantages over other existing software programs are that it can: Predict new sequence junctions, such as those...

SciTegic Pipeline Pilot

Pipeline Pilot, Accelrys' scientific informatics platform, was designed for scientists by scientists. It aggregates and provides immediate access to the volumes of disparate research data locked in silos, automates the scientific analysis of that data, and enables researchers to rapidly explore, visualize and report research results.

Zeolite Nanosheets

Zeolites are porous silicate materials that are used in gas separation, catalysis, and other applications. Several MSI Principal Investigators are involved in a project to develop zeolite nanosheets—plate-like crystals—that are very desirable because of their packing and processing advantages. In...

Translational Informatics

Application of Informatics to Transcription of Ancient Papyri While computers can do many things, there are still a few areas in which humans excel such as the discriminatory power of the eye and the natural human ability to quickly classify objects. The visual ability of recognizing patterns is at...