NCSA posted a slideshow of computing milestones to commemorate the center’s 25th anniversary.
For 25 years, NCSA has been a leader in deploying robust high-performance computing resources and in working with research communities to develop new computing and software technologies. Building on this history of leadership, NCSA and its partners are at work on the Blue Waters project, which will provide the national research community with a sustained-petaflop supercomputer that is many times more powerful than the current resources available for non-classified scientific research.
As the future home of the 10 Petaflop IBM Bluewaters supercomputer, NCSA will likely find itself at number one on the TOP500 in the next year or so. While this will certainly not be the end of the story for one of the nation’s premier supercomputing centers, its beginnings are equally as fascinating. I mean, did you know that NCSA started with an unsolicited “Black Proposal” written by Larry Smarr and others?