2021 Exhibition

The Annual Exhibition wrap up for 2021 Research Computing Exhibition

MSI held the 12th annual Research Exhibition on April 20, 2021. Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s Research Exhibition was held as a virtual event, with two sections: presentations by representatives from industry, MSI, and Research Computing, and a poster session.

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2021 Research Computing Exhibition

Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Level

  • PIER Group in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise
  • Panasas

Silver Level

  • Intel


  • Schrodinger

Industry Presentations

Our industry collaborators gave talks about current and emerging technologies at their companies (see list below). MSI leadership talked about the past year at MSI and the new resources we’ll be activating in the next year, including the new HIPAA cluster Blackwell, the new supercomputing cluster Agate, and upgraded storage capabilities. Jim Wilgenbusch, Director of Research Computing, gave a presentation about funding opportunities from the University of Minnesota Informatics Institute.


  • DAOS and Optane: Breaking Through the High Performance Storage Bottleneck
    • Andrey Kudryavtsev


  • Using Schrodinger Applications for Research and Education
    • Abigail Emtage, Yamini Naidu


  • Storage That Supports Changing Research Needs
    • Adam Marko
    • Mike Begley

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

  • Emerging Trends and Technologies in High Performance Compute
    • Bill Mannel

Poster Session

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

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

Thank you to the Poster Session judges!

  • Nick Dunn; MSI
  • Randall Victora; Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Dylan Millet; Soil, Water, and Climate
  • Harry Orr; Laboratory Medicine and Pathology
  • Jeff Shi; MSI

Life Sciences and Engineering

List of submitted posters

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

  • Dogpile: A Scalable Wrapper for Processing And Analyzing Canine Whole Genome Sequencing Data
    • Authors: Jonah Cullen, Steven Friedenberg
    • MSI PI: Steven Friedenberg, Veterinary Clinical Sciences

Finalists (travel awards of $1,000)

  • Classifying Taxonomy Presence in Metagenomic Data
    • Authors: Benjamin Hillmann, Dan Knights
    • MSI PI: Dan Knights, Computer Science and Engineering
  • Supercomputing at MSI and Use of PacBio Hifi Long Reads Enables Near Complete Haplotype Phase Genome Assembly of the Wheat Stem Rust Fungus
    • Authors: Radhika Bartaula, Pablo Olivera Firpo, Les J. Szabo, Yue Jin
    • MSI PI: Yue Jin, Plant Pathology

Physical Sciences and Engineering

List of submitted posters

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

  • Impact of Phase Noise on Magnon-based Parametric Excitations
    • Authors: Aneesh Venugopal, R.H. Victora
    • MSI PI: R.H. Victora, Electrical and Computer Engineering

Finalists (travel awards of $1,000)

  • Vestigial Nematicity in the Presence of Random Strain Disorder
    • Authors: W. Joe Meese, Thomas Vojta, Rafael Fernandes
    • MSI PI: Rafael Fernandes, Physics and Astronomy
  • Predicting the Observed Lyman Alpha Profiles in Green Pea Galaxies
    • Authors: Cody Carr, Claudia Scarlata, Jeremy Blaizot, Leo Michel-Dansac, Anne Verhamme, Alaina Henry
    • MSI PI: Claudia Scarlata, Physics and Astronomy

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