National Center for Supercomputing Applications at the University of Illinois

NCSA is celebrating its 25th anniversary throughout 2011. Learn more about the highlights of NCSA's first 25 years here, from the accomplishments of our users and staff, to the leaps and bounds in supercomputing power.


 

Creation of the NSF supercomputing centers

Former NCSA Director Larry Smarr

NCSA's founding director, Larry Smarr, explains why the NSF supercomputing centers were created 25 years ago.

Trying new things

Melanie Loots

University of Illinois Associate Vice Chancellor for Research Melanie Loots talks about her time at NCSA.


User reflections: John Hawley

User reflections: John Hawley

University of Virginia astronomy professor John Hawley shares his thoughts on advances in high-performance computing.

Converging art and technology

Donna Cox

Donna Cox, director of NCSA's Advanced Visualization Lab, discusses the ways the center has used cinematic techniques to provide scientific insight over its 25 year history.


User reflections: Michael Norman

User reflections: Michael Norman

Preparations for observing NCSA's 25th anniversary this year revealed several users who computed at NCSA in 1986 who are still active users today. We invited them to share their thoughts on advances in high-performance computing.

Going somewhere

Bob Wilhelmson

Atmospheric scientist Bob Wilhelmson has been with NCSA since before the beginning. As the center reaches its 25th anniversary, Wilhelmson looks back at its founding and how NCSA has evolved.


Illinois researchers discuss value of NCSA collaboration

Illinois researchers discuss value of NCSA collaboration

Several U of I researchers (Brian Jewett/atmospheric science, Shaowen Wang/geography, Jian Ma/biomedicine, Guy Garnett/music) and one of NCSA's Private Sector Partners (Keven Hofstetter/Caterpillar) discuss how they have benefited from working with NCSA over the years, and how they hope computer and data resources will improve their areas of practice in the future.

Founding NCSA director Smarr reminisces

Founding NCSA director Smarr reminisces

NCSA's founding director, Larry Smarr, who now leads the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2), spoke via a live video feed at a 25th anniversary celebration on March 2. Reminiscing about the spirit of exploration and innovation that NCSA embodied from its earliest days Smarr said, "I guess nobody said we couldn't do it...We were allowed to dream."


Former NCSA director Dan Reed looks back at center's achievements

Former NCSA director Dan Reed looks back at center's achievements

In honor of the center's 25th anniversary, former NCSA director Dan Reed, now Corporate Vice President of Technology Policy and Strategy at Microsoft, reviews highlights of his time at NCSA and praises its mission "to live in the future today."

NCSA kicks off 25th anniversary year with March 2 celebration

NCSA kicks off 25th anniversary year with March 2 celebration

Nearly 200 people attended NCSA's 25th anniversary kickoff celebration March 2 at the NCSA Building. Campus dignitaries, faculty, and staff joined NCSA employees in reflecting on the center's past while envisioning NCSA's next 25 years.


UI-7 spotlights NCSA's 25th

UI-7 spotlights NCSA's 25th

As NCSA celebrates its 25th anniversary, UI-7's Caroline Pahl takes a look at what supercomputers are used for, how they have changed, and what the future might bring.

From Alliant to Abe: NCSA supercomputers support years of steel research

Professor Brian Thomas

Brian Thomas has used supercomputers at NCSA as part of his research into the process of continuous casting of steel since the center first opened its doors.


NCSA's first 20 years

Original NCSA logo

NCSA created a detailed timeline when we celebrated our 20th anniversary in 2006.


Other supercomputing centers turn 25

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center and the San Diego Supercomputer Center also turn 25 this year. Check out how they are celebrating: