NCSA opens to national user community | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017
Following an unsolicited proposal to the NSF from Larry Smarr, NCSA opened its doors to the national scientific computing community in January 1986. Along with NCSA, four other national supercomputing centers were opened thanks to Smarr's famed "Black Proposal."
Jan 15, 1986
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NCSA opens to national user community
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An original copy of Larry Smarr's "Black Proposal" is still in the offices of NCSA. Smarr was an assistant professor of physics at the time and would become a driving force in supercomputing across the globe.