All Tutorials

  • Tue Jun 24, 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
    575
    Walter Library

    MATLAB is an integrated technical computing environment that combines numeric computation, graphics and visualization, and a high-level programming language. MATLAB includes hundreds of functions for data analysis and visualization, numeric and symbolic computation engineering, and scientific graphics modeling and simulation.


    This tutorial consists of two parts:


    Part one: A 90-minute lecture describing the use of computation and visualization functions and tools.


    Part two: An optional one-hour, hands-on session focusing on the use of these functions for your application.


  • Tue Jun 17, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    575
    Walter Library

    This is a hands-on workshop introducing relational databases and structural query language (SQL). Attendees will practice creating and querying databases in an Oracle environment. Topics include a brief overview of relational database design concepts and principals, and conceptual data models and constraints.


  • Thu Jun 12, 1:00 pm
    402
    Walter Library

    In this genomics era, biological data are generated faster and larger than ever. Computational tools for analyzing these data are absolutely essential. MSI has more than 100 bioinformatics software packages to meet researchers' needs. These software packages cover various fields in biosciences, including sequence informatics, genomics, proteomics, structural biology, etc.


    This workshop will introduce you to the software packages MSI has and what they can do.


  • Tue Jun 10, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    575
    Walter Library

    Maestro is a molecular graphics software suite widely used in the pharmaceuticals industry for computational drug design. This tutorial will focus on the basics of using Maestro, including reading, drawing, refining and saving molecular structures.


  • Thu Jun 5, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    575
    Walter Library

    Perl is a scripting language that can make writing and maintaining scripts for various UNIX tasks considerably easier than trying to use one of the many shell languages. Perl is very useful, for example, for retrieving output from files of completed jobs for use in reports, input to subsequent jobs, and so forth. This hands-on tutorial will introduce everyone to the basic syntax, some powerful capabilities, and some tools to keep your code manageable and readable by others.


  • Tue Jun 3, 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm
    402
    Walter Library

    This tutorial is a general introduction to the Unix operating system and other basic operations needed to use MSI's resources, including how to set up accounts and submit jobs on the various machines.


  • Tue Jun 3, 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm
    402
    Walter Library

    The Minnesota Supercomputing Institute provides high-performance computing resources, specialized research software, and user support to research groups at the University. This tutorial will give you an introduction to MSI's facilities, personnel and services, including a tour of our machine room and facilities in Walter Library.


  • Thu May 8, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    402
    Walter Library

    Analyst software is used to control Applied Biosystems/MDS SCIEX mass spectrometers and other devices, configure the devices attached to instrument workstations, turn instruments, optimize systems, acquire samples, perform qualitative and quantitative analyses, and print reports. BioAnalyst software analyzes mass spectrometry data obtained from biological samples. You can perform mass reconstruction, sequence peptides, search databases, display sequence information, perform theoretical enzyme digests of protein sequences and consult a data dictionary. This tutorial will cover how to use Analyst QS and BioAnalyst to view and analyze mass spectrometry data.


  • Tue May 6, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    575
    Walter Library

    Calhoun is an SGI Altix XE that offers opportunities to run large chemical simulations using highly scalable computational chemistry programs. Programs that scale to hundreds of processors are vital to take advantage of the Altix XE architecture.


    This tutorial will give an overview of the chemistry packages available and how to run them on Calhoun. We will compare performance between the Calhoun and other MSI machines. We will also address memory usage, application-specific MPI tuning, and local scratch disk.


  • Thu May 1, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm
    138
    Cargill Building

    The Genome Sequencer (GS) FLX from 454 Life Sciences is the ultra high-throughput instrument for conducting nucleotide sequencing. It can potentially generate one million sequencing readings with an average reading at about 250 bp within a single operation run. This technology has been used for small genome sequencing, mass EST sequencing, and potentially large genome analysis. This tutorial will introduce the principle of 454 sequencing technology, data preparation, and data analysis, especially in sequence assembly and mapping. We will also discuss RNA and protein identification on the assembled genome.


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