Research Highlights

MSU researchers from diverse disciplines take advantage of iCER’s services to accomplish amazing things. iCER’s mission is to assist computational research by providing easy-to-use high performance computing platforms, we allow faculty and students to better focus on their research. Our systems enable larger, broader and more complex computation than ever before– work that could have taken months or years now can be done in hours or days. 
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MSU Researchers Push Frontier in Precision Calculations

As science peers deeper and deeper into the world around us, the subatomic scale presents new challenges, and the need for precision becomes ever more apparent. 

Large-Scale Simulation of Water and Contaminants in the...

Dr. Mantha Phanikumar is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. His research uses the computational resources of the HPCC to develop models of water quality and...


The Study of Evolution in Artificial Organisms

Dr. Ofria’s research group explores Computer Science and Evolutionary Biology to help understand fundamental concepts in each field. His group writes self replicating computer programs and puts...


Simulating Oxygenated Molecule Properties for Improved...

Dr. Carl Lira, a professor in the Department of Chemical Engineering at Michigan State University, simulates oxygenated biofuel and bio-derived chemicals. Dr. Lira notes that after over a century...


Exploring Complex Chemistry and Nuclear Physics with...

Dr. Piotr Piecuch and his associates have used the resources of the HPCC to accurately model the behavior of the fundamental building blocks of matter, to explore previously unexplained...


Non-radiative Recombination

The Levine group applies iCER’s high-performance computer resources to identify the mechanism of one process that limits the efficiency of solar cells: nonradiative recombination.


Understanding Expertise in Physics

Steven Wolf is a PhD candidate in the Department of Physics and Astronomy studying physics teaching and learning. His aim is to guide students toward an expert-like understanding of physical...


The Paradox of Segregation and Cohesion

Residential segregation, whether by race or class or some other characteristic, is often viewed as a problem.


Genome-wide Association Analyses

Dr. Ian Dworkin, an assistant professor in the Department of Zoology, studies the intersection of evolutionary genomics and phenomics, which deals with massive amounts of DNA sequence data as well...


Automatic Face Recognition

The tremendous growth in the number of surveillance cameras as well as cameras in mobile devices (such as smart phones and notebooks) has generated a huge interest in automatic face recognition....


Metagenomics of Soil Bacteria

Drs. C. Titus Brown and James M. Tiedje, professors in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics, along with MSU postdoc Dr.


Atomic Structure of Complex Nanoparticles

Professor Duxbury’s group uses the HPCC to solve basic problems in nanoscience and nanotechnology.


Gravitational Lensing "Two-Fer": Probing the...

Gravitational Lensing "Two-Fer": Probing the Nature of Dark Matter and Discovering the Most Distant Galaxies in the Universe with the Hubble Space Telescope

Megan Donahue (MSU), Adi Zitrin...