Facilities, Resources and Technical Support

VLab is hosted and supported by the Minnesota Supercomputing Institute for Digital Simulation and Advanced Computation (MSI) and the Digital Technology Center (DTC). MSI and DTC are housed in the Walter Library on the East Bank Campus of the University of Minnesota. The building that recently underwent a high-tech renovation and historic restoration provides to DTC and MSI approximately 40,000 square feet of assignable space. This includes state-of-the-art conference facilities, work space for collaborative ventures, a usability laboratory, and advanced networking, computing, digital design, robotics, and telecommunications laboratories.

Computing Resources

The MSI currently provides supercomputing resource allocations and technical support for Calhoun (SGI Altix XE 1300 Linux Cluster), IBM BladeCenter Linux Cluster, SGI Altix, IBM Power4, IBM Netfinity Linux Cluster, and Unisys ES7000 systems.

User Support

In addition to providing hardware and software MSI has a user support group to assist researchers in all aspects of scientific computation. The support provided by this team includes, but is not limited to:

  • General user assistance
  • Assistance with visualization
  • Tutorials on specialized topics or programs
  • User training and code optimization
  • Assistance with communications and information management
  • Parallel model building support
  • Development of scripts or user-friendly procedures to allow more productive use of the supercomputing resources and peripherals


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