2023 Exhibition

The Annual Exhibition wrap up for 2023 Research Computing Exhibition

The 14th annual Research Computing Exhibition was held on April 25, 2023. It took place at the MSI offices in Walter Library.

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Thank you to our sponsors!

Platinum Level

  • PIER Group in partnership with Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Gold Level

  • Panasas

Silver Level

  • VAST Data

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


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