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Historic Timeline of Indiana University IT Evolution

Year  
Networks
Research Technologies,
PTI Services,
Cyberinfrastructure
SOIC,
Computer Science,
PTI Research Centers
1940   Central Statistical Bureau established with grant from IBM  
1949   Grant Award: Office of Naval research funds IBM 602/A Calculating Machine for Chemistry Department  
1953   President Herman B. Wells calls for creation of a research computing center because "Many complicated problems in the physical, biological, and social sciances, in business, and in education require the employement of modern high-speed computing machines for practical solution."  
1955

Marshall Wrubel is first permanently appointed Director of Research Computing Center

1956   First major electronic computer, the IBM 650, is delivered and installed, requirng 1000sq feet of floor space.  
1960     Marshall Wrubel writes "The Electronic Computer as an Astronomical Instrument."
1962   Grant Award: An IBM 709 and three auxiliary machines installed in new HPER building machine room.  
1963   Hagstrom, Prosser, Young: FASTRAN (FAST FORTRAN II) for IBM 709   Hagstrom, Prosser, Young: FASTRAN (FAST FORTRAN II) for IBM 709 
1965   Grant Award: NSF award allows the purchase of a CDC 3400/3600 computer system.  
1970   The Research Computing Center charged with providing academic computing services to Bloomington and regional campuses.  
1971   Control Data Corporation CDC 6600 Purchased by IU  
1973 Terminals across the Bloomington campus begin getting connected to the computers in the HPER machine room.    
1976   Control Data Corporation CYBER 172 purchased; connected to CDC 6600 with a locally created connector to create a dual mainframe research system  
1979 The Office of Instructional Computing is formed - with the mission of incorporating microcomputers into the educational process. The Office of Instructional Computing is formed - with the mission of incorporating microcomputers into the educational process. The Office of Instructional Computing is formed - with the mission of incorporating microcomputers into the educational process.
1970s-1980s   CDC key research resource at IUB; IBM key research resource at IUPUI  CDC key research resource at IUB; IBM key research resource at IUPUI 
1970s   IU key site for porting BMDP to CDC NOS  
1981   Major Purchases: CDC 855 (to replace earlier CDC systems), three Prime computers, eight DEC VAXes  
1985   Grant Award: DEC equipment grant ($10M)   
Late 1980s -Mid 1990s Hondo quantum chemistry program developed.
1988   Unix Workstation Support Group created  
1989   Center for Innovative Computer Applications established   Center for Innovative Computer Applications established  
1991   Stat/Math Center established   Stat/Math Center established   
    Scalar Technology Array of Risc Research Systems (STARRS)     
    University Information Technology Services formed as university-wide IT organization  
    Research and Academic Computing formed as the predecessor to Research Technologies  
1992   LETRS service established    
1993   School of Music Library Variations Project     
IU acquires a Paragon, the university's first parallel supercomputer
1994   LETRS facility established      
    DIDO Image Bank goes online   
1995   Victorian Women Writers Project begins    
    I-Way - HPC Challenge award (Gannon)   
1996   Grant Award: IBM SUR (Shared University Research) grant - IBM RS/6000 SP2, which becomes the university's primary parallel supercomputer  
    Grant Award: Variations SUR grant (Digital Music Libraries)      
    Variations goes online     
    SCAAMP - Scientific Applications on Arrays of Multiprocessors  
1997 IU appoints Michael McRobbie as first VP for IT and CIO
  IUB CAVE, IUPUI Immersadesk     
    First RAC staff at IUPUI   
    Digital Library Program launched in its current form       
    Grant Award: vBNS - Very High Speed Backbone Service ($394K)     
    First SC conference display   First SC conference display
GRANT: The Scientific Applications on Arrays of Multi-Processors Project (SCAAMP) was funded using an SGI/CRAY Origin2000 supercomputer, also listed among the world's Top 500 supercomputers.
1998 IU IT Strategic Plan adopted      IU IT Strategic Plan adopted      IU IT Strategic Plan adopted     
    Industrial Mold filling HPC Challenge award (Bramley et al)       
    Grant Award: Digital Library IBM SUR grant   
    Hoagy Carmichael Collection (IMLS)    
  Grant Award: GRNOC: Internet2 network engineering and operations support ($3.7M)    
1999
 
Redundant research storage systems at IUB/IUPUI ($1.1M)   Redundant research storage systems at IUB/IUPUI ($1.1M)    
    Grant Award: Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Indiana Genomics Initiative, including funding for the INGEN Advanced IT Core (later called Advianced Biomedical IT Core) ($29M) (Fox recruited)
  Indiana General Assembly funds I-Light Network ($5.3M)      
  Grant Award: NSF funds network connectivity to Asia (TransPAC) ($10.1M)      
    Letopis' Zhurnal' nykh Statei - Russian Periodical index (Dept. of Ed.)      
2000    SPSS Enterprise License Agreement signed
    Grant Award: Variations2 ($3.1M)    
    Research Indiana Display at SC2000     Research Indiana Display at SC2000    
    Wright American Fiction joint CIC project begins  
    Grant Award: Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Indiana Genomics Initiative ($105M total; $6.7M for IBM SP supercomputer and staff) Grant Award: Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Indiana Genomics Initiative ($105M total; $6.7M for IBM SP supercomputer and staff)  
    US Steel Gary Works Photo Collection (LSTA)    
2001    John-E-Box invented    
    Charles Cushman Photo Collection (IMLS)    
    HPSS Distributed movers developed and implemented   HPSS Distributed movers developed and implemented  
  I-Light activated on December 11      
    Grant Award: NSF funds AVIDD ($1.8M)    
    SAS Site License    
  Grant Award: GRNOC: Indiana Gigapop supporting Higher Education access to national R&E ($500K)      
      Beth Plale joins IU School of Informatics and Pervasive Technology Lab as professor and director of the Center for Data and Search Informatics
    IU Upgrades IBM SP to be first university owned teraflops computer. Achieves rank of #50 on Top500 List (November)  
2002    IU joins in life sciences initiative as part of Central Indiana’s life sciences corridor    
    Film Literature Index Online (NEH)    
      Geoffrey C. Fox joined IU School of Informatics and Pervasive Technology Labs as professor and director of Digital Science Center
2003
 
  AVIDD - 1st distributed cluster to achieve more than 1 TFLOPS Linpack - debuted in 50th place on Top 500 list.   
    Grant Award: NSF funds IU’s TeraGrid participation via IP-grid ($1.5M)   
    EVIA Digital Archive Development Phase (Mellon)    
    HPC Challenge Award (Stewart et al)    
    Digital Library of the Commons (Mellon)    
    The "Chymistry" of Isaac Newton (NSF)    
2004    Grant Award: Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Indiana METACyt Initiative ($53M total; $6.25M for Big Red supercomputer)    
    IN Harmony: Sheet Music from Indiana (IMLS)    
    Digital Libraries Education Program (IMLS)   
    ICTC opens    
    Digital Audio Archives Project (IMLS, JHU subcontract)    
2005    Variations2 goes online for IU students and faculty    
    Grant Award: NSF funds IU’s early operations participation in TeraGrid ($440K)  Grant Award: NSF funds IU’s early operations participation in TeraGrid ($440K) 
    Grant Award: NSF funds IU as a TeraGrid Resource Partner ($4.1M)    
    Grant Award: Variations3 (IMLS)    
  Grant Award: NSF funds network connectivity to Asia (TransPAC2) ($5.1M)      
  Grant Award: GRNOC: National Lambda Rail engineering and operations support ($7.5M)      
    IUScholarWorks institutional repository goes online    
    CAMVA (Dept. of Ed.)  
    EVIA Digital Archive (Mellon)    
    Grant Award: NSF funds Data Capacitor ($1.72M), a high-speed file system for handling big data problems Grant Award: NSF funds Data Capacitor ($1.72M)
    Indiana Authors and their Books (LSTA)    
    Sound Directions R&D Phase (NEH)  
      Pervasive Technology Labs were reorganized to include Craig Stewart as Chief Operating Officer (and Associate Vice President, Research and Academic Computing)
2006    IU acquires Big Red, then the 23rd fastest unclassified supercomputer in the world Big Red: fastest academic supercomputer in western hemisphere debuting in 23rd place on Top 500 list
    Sakaibrary (Mellon)   
    Fedora-based IU digital library object repository goes into production  
    Bandwidth Challenge Honorable Mention (Simms et al.)  
    BARCO VR Theatre installed in Indianapolis  
    EVIA Digital Archive Implementation Phase (Mellon)  
    Life Sciences Strategic Plan   Life Sciences Strategic Plan  
    Grant Award: IEDC/IBM grant to double Big Red   Grant Award: IEDC/IBM grant to double Big Red

I-Light: First customer connection to backbone ($15.5M)    
    Big Red ranks 31st on Top500 List (November)  
2007    Grant Award: NSF funds PolarGrid ($1.9M) (Fox PI) Grant Award: NSF funds PolarGrid ($1.9M) (Fox PI) 

  DLF Aquifer American Social History Online (IMLS, DLF subcontract)  
  Grant Award: NSF funds network connectivity to Pakistan ($950K)    

  Bandwidth Challenge award (Simms et al)  
    Big Red ranks 30th on Top500 List (June)  
    Sound Directions Preservation Phase (NEH)    
    Big Red ranks 42nd on Top500 List (November)  
2008   IUScholarWorks e-journal hosting pilot    
    Grant Award: Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Pervasive Technology Institute ($15M) Grant Award: Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Pervasive Technology Institute ($15M)  

I-Light: Network backbone complete ($4.9M)    
2009  Grant Award: NSF funds GRNOC: Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) ($330K)    

  Grant Award: NSF funds FutureGrid ($10.1M) Grant Award: NSF funds FutureGrid ($10.1M)

    Grant Award: IU Center receives NIH grant to improve privacy protection in medical research
2010   Grant Award: IU receives NSF grant to lead campus trials of future research network Grant Award: IU receives NSF grant to lead campus trials of future research network  
      PTI was organized into Research Centers (under leadership of Managing Director Beth Plale) and Service and Cyberinfrastructure Centers (under leadership of Executive Director Craig Stewart)

GlobalNOC chosen to operate Nwave (NOAA Network)    

IU named as a 2010 Best Place to Work in IT IU named as a 2010 Best Place to Work in IT   IU named as a 2010 Best Place to Work in IT  


 
IU partners to create advanced national anchor network funded by $62.5 million Recovery Act grant      

Grant Award: IU receives $9.2 million from NSF to expand global networks and research Grant Award: IU receives $9.2 million from NSF to expand global networks and research Grant Award: IU receives $9.2 million from NSF to expand global networks and research

 
IU partners with Whamcloud to advance Lustre over WAN IU partners with Whamcloud to advance Lustre over WAN    

Indiana University announces saturation of first commercial 100 gigabit link Indiana University announces saturation of first commercial 100 gigabit link   


 
    IU Open Systems Lab researchers contribute to data benchmarks for Graph 500  
2011     OpenMPI used to help K Supercomputer achieve top of Top500  
      Thomas Sterling and D. Martin Swany were recruited to IU as Professor in School of Informatics & Computing and Principal Scientist, Office of the Vice President for Information Technology. Von Welch was also recruited (2011)

 
  IU, Oxford host inaugural event on data risk and security  

Grant Award: IU receives NSF grant to expand internship program in network engineering    
  Indiana University chosen to lead high performance research network between U.S. and China    

  Grant Award: IU awarded $1.5 million NSF grant for new national center to support human genome research (NCGAS)    
      Grant Award: Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data (SEAD) project funded  

OpenFlow project initiated      
    Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) established Center for Research in Extreme Scale Technologies (CREST) established  

GlobalNOC to provide services for PennREN (PA) Network      
    OpenSFS funds Indiana University to develop Lustre wide area networks  
    Grant Award: IU's REN-ISAC receives $800,000 NSF grant for cybersecurity initiative  
2012 Indiana University receives 2012 CIO 100 award Indiana University receives 2012 CIO 100 award   Indiana University receives 2012 CIO 100 award

  Grant Award: NSF awards IU $3.82 million for Open Science Grid Operations Center Grant Award: NSF awards IU $3.82 million for Open Science Grid Operations Center
    IU physicists, IT personnel contribute to success of Higgs boson search   IU physicists, IT personnel contribute to success of Higgs boson search

  IU partnership results in faster Trinity RNA sequencing software  
  Monon100, the first 100 Gbps network dedicated to research and education, is launched.    
      Grant Award: NSF award to help climate scientists protect coastal cities
      Grant Award: IU selected as partner in new data curation fellowship program
    IU acquires 1 petaflop Cray supercomputer - Big Red II  
IU partners with DDN to develop Data Capacitor II, a 5 petabyte disk storage system