National Center for Supercomputing Applications opens | 150 Engage Illinois Office of Corporate Relations
Celebrating our Sesquicentennial 1867-2017
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Responding to a 'famine' of supercomputing power for U.S. researchers, Illinois astrophysicist Larry Smarr and seven Illinois colleagues submitted an unsolicited proposal to the National Science Foundation, asking for funding to launch supercomputing centers. NSF responded in 1985 by establishing the National Center for Supercomputing Applications with Smarr as its first director. NCSA 'opened for business' early in 1986.

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Jan 01, 1986
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National Center for Supercomputing Applications opens
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