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LCI Intermediate Workshop – Travel/Lodging Information

The Linux Cluster Institute Intermediate Workshop is being held at Mississippi State University, Starkville, Mississippi.

Mississippi State University

Mississippi State University is a comprehensive, doctoral degree-granting institution with a nationally and internationally diverse student body.  MSU has a 33-year history in parallel computing.  The High Performance Computing Collaboratory (HPC²), an evolution of the MSU NSF Engineering Research Center (ERC) for Computational Field Simulation, at Mississippi State University is a coalition of member institutes and centers that share a common core objective of advancing the state-of-the-art in computational science and engineering using high performance computing; a common approach to research that embraces a multi-disciplinary, team-oriented concept; and a commitment to a full partnership between education, research, and service. The mission of the HPC² is to serve the University, State, and Nation through excellence in computational science and engineering.

Mississippi State University

High Performance Computing Collaboratory 


The LCI Intermediate workshop will be held in the Trotter Conference Room at the Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems (CAVS) located in the Thad Cochran Research Park near the Malcom A. Portera High Performance Computing Center (HPC2).

Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems
200 Research Blvd
Starkville, MS 39759

Center for Advanced Vehicular Systems

Thad Cochran Research Park


Getting here

Starkville is located in the northeastern part of Mississippi. It is about a two-hour drive from Jackson, MS and Birmingham, AL, and a three-hour drive from Memphis, TN. 

We recommend flying into the Golden Triangle Regional Airport (GTR) in Columbus, MS, which is a relatively short 15-mile drive to Starkville. GTR is serviced by Delta and has two flights in and out daily, and a free shuttle service is offered prior to and after each flight between the Airport and the Courtyard Starkville/MSU at The Mill. Additionally, several rental car options are available at the airport, as well as traditional taxi services and ride-share options.

Car Rentals at Golden Triangle Airport




Shuttle Schedule


– Departs from GTR 30 minutes after landing.
            – Arrives at The Mill 55 minutes after landing.


– Departs from The Mill 1 hour and 25 minutes before takeoff.
            – Arrives at GTR 1 hour before takeoff.

Other airports are available within a two-three-hour driving distance:

  • Jackson-Medgar Whiley Evers International Airport – JAN (126 miles)
  • Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport – BHM (145 miles)
  • Memphis International Airport – MEM (182 miles)

Golden Triangle Regional Airport


Free shuttle service

Getting around

The distance from The Mill to CAVS is about 2 miles and it is walkable and bikeable, however a free shuttle will be provided between the hotel and the workshop venue each morning and evening. The Mill is within walking distance of the Cotton District and Starkville’s Downtown area where many of the city’s restaurants are located. 

Free shuttles, SMART, may be available throughout the day – Monday through Friday for routes that service MSU campus, Monday through Saturday for routes that service Starkville. The DoubleMap App or website can be used to track buses and get route information.

Traditional taxi services and ride-share options are available.

Parking is available at CAVS. There is a flat daily rate of $5.35 and it is handled through the ParkMobile app. Most of MSU campus, including the Thad Cochran Research Park, is considered a single zone in the app. This app is also used by the city for metered parking Downtown and in the Cotton District.




Conference Lodging

Disclaimer: These prices  are only valid until Friday, July 21, 2023, at 12:00 am

Courtyard by Marriott Starkville/MSU at The Mill – 100 Mercantile St., Starkville, MS 39759, (662) 338-3116

This is the recommended hotel as it is within walking distance of the Cotton District and Starkville’s Downtown area. Transportation to and from the hotel to the venue and airport will be focused on this hotel. Group Rate Available

Additional Recommendations

In addition to the hotel located at The Mill, Starkville has several other hotels we can recommend.

Comfort Suites – 801 Russel St., Starkville, MS 39759 – (662) 324-9595

Best alternative, located within walking distance of The Milll Group Rate available

Hampton Inn – 700 Highway 12, Starkville, MS 39759 – (662) 324-1333

Not in a very walkable area, a rental car is recommended for this hotel.

Hotel Chester – 101 North Jackson St., Starkville, MS 39759

Located in Downtown Starkville, a historic hotel featured on Gordon Ramsey’s Hotel Hell. Within walking distance of various attractions, however a rental car is recommended for this hotel for transportation to the workshop venue

Dining and things to do

Starkville, sometimes referred to as Starkvegas, has a wide range of activities and dining options. Starkville can provide a taste of the South, Italian, BBQ, Mediterranean and several other choices.