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About NCSA

The National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA) is a leader in defining the future's high-performance computing infrastructure for scientists and for society. NCSA creates the hardware, software, and tools that will make up the grid. This grid will assemble the country's most advanced technologies into a single system that will advance science beyond what is possible today. The center partners with other institutions and American industry to ensure that the social and economic benefits of NCSA's research and knowledge are transferred to everyone.

NCSA opened its doors in January 1986 as one of the five original centers in the National Science Foundation's Supercomputer Centers Program and a unit of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The center earned and maintains an international reputation in high-performance computing and networking and in developing innovative software applications. NCSA greatly broadened the user base of remote supercomputing and the Internet with NCSA Telnet in 1987. In 1992, the center introduced NCSA Mosaic™, the first readily-available graphical Web browser.

Since 1997, NCSA has been the leading-edge site for the National Computational Science Alliance (Alliance), one of two partnerships of the NSF's Partnerships for Advanced Computational Infrastructure program. The center anchors all Alliance teams and oversees the administration of all Alliance programs. It has the largest production high-performance computing facility in the Alliance, and it works with government agencies, communities, and schools to discover how high-performance computing and communication can benefit them. Through its Private Sector Program, top researchers from Fortune 500 companies explore the newest hardware and software, virtual prototyping, visualization, networking, and data mining to help U.S. industries maintain a competitive edge in the global economy.

In August 2001, NCSA—as part of a team of institutions that now includes the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Argonne National Laboratory, the California Institute of Technology, and the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center—was tapped by the National Science Foundation to build the TeraGrid, the most comprehensive computing infrastructure ever deployed for scientific research. The achievements of the NCSA are, in no small part, the history of some of the most important technological achievements of the last two decades. Past events in the history of NCSA and the Alliance are often tied to technological milestones from the birth of the NSF supercomputing centers to the growth of the Internet to the transformation of the World Wide Web into the force that drives ebusiness.

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National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA)
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
605 E. Springfield Avenue
Champaign, IL 61820