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Dan Reed becomes director

"The transition really began on the first business day of 2000. Larry Smarr walked into my office, closed the door, and said 'We need to talk.' At that point, I knew my life was about to change in a dramatic way," said Dan Reed. Reed already had a pretty darn good job when he became NCSA's director some nine months after that first conversation. He was...

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nug30 solved on Grid

In what one researcher called one of "the largest Grid computing successes for the Alliance" to date, researchers at National Computational Science Alliance partners University of Iowa and Argonne National Laboratory announced that they used the Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure (PACI) Grid to solve the nug30 quadratic assignment problem (QAP). Nug30 had gone unsolved since 1968 when it was first proposed as a test...

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NCSA hits one million CPU hours in a month

August 1999 marked the first time usage of a National Science Foundation high-performance computer topped one million normalized CPU hours in one month. According to figures from Quantum Research, which measures computer usage at NSF-support sites, NCSA's 1,536-processor SGI Origin2000 supercomputer provided 1,136,676 normalized CPU hours to 736 national users in August, tripling the usage from August 1998. A normalized CPU hour is equivalent to...

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Faculty Fellows Program created

Since NCSA launched its fellowship program in 1999, more than 100 University of Illinois researchers have benefited from close collaboration with the center’s expert staff and access to high-performance computers and other resources. Participants have come from a wide range of disciplines: agriculture, art, business, education, engineering, library science, medicine, and more. ...

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Newsweek features NCSA

At the height of the tech surge that marked the late 19902, Newsweek asked: "Can any place ever hope to match the awesome success of Silicon Valley?" It then proceeded to answer its own question by rattling off 10 metro areas that might someday fit the bill. Champaign-Urbana—thanks in no small part to NCSA, which was featured in the article—made the cut. "With no dramatic beachfront...

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NT supercluster debuts

In 1998, Andrew Chien, then a professor in the University of Illinois Department of Computer Science and a member of the Alliance Parallel Computing Team, and his research group worked with staff from NCSA to construct a 256-processor Windows NT supercluster for high-performance computing research. The supercluster consisted of 32 Compaq and 96 Hewlett Packard Windows NT PC workstations. These 128 workstations, connected by a...

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President Clinton mentions NCSA

On the morning after delivering a State of the Union message that emphasized the importance of education, President Clinton spoke to a packed house at the University of Illinois Assembly Hall on the Urbana-Champaign campus. The President emphasized the important roles the University and NCSA have played in technology development. He twice mentioned the work of NCSA Director Larry Smarr, who is a member of...

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NSF supports DAST

NCSA received a $2 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to provide a distributed application support center for users developing new capabilities using NSF's very high performance Backbone Network Service (vBNS). NSF named NCSA as Distributed Applications Support Team (DAST) for the National Laboratory for Applied Networking Research (NLANR), a distributed laboratory with staff at all of NSF's supercomputer centers. As such, an NCSA...

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NCSA helps track Hale-Bopp

Thanks to a system from NCSA for rapidly processing radio wavelength images from the BIMA Array radio telescope, astronomers tracing the path of Comet Hale-Bopp proclaimed their 1997 observations of the comet as some of their most successful ever. The comet passed within about 125 million miles of Earth in March and April of that year. Astronomers from the nine universities that field tested the new...

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National Computational Science Alliance created

The National Science Foundation's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure initiative funded two massive programs, one led by NCSA and the other by the San Diego Supercomputer Center. Their mandate: develope a national-scale computational environment for multidisciplinary, collaborative problem solving. In other words, they were in charge of building a prototype of what would become known as the grid. As Larry Smarr, who led the Alliance and...

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