Pervasive technology has been a part of IU for more than seven decades


2012: IU physicists, IT personnel contribute to success of Higgs boson search

2011: IU is chosen to lead high performance research network between U.S. and China

2010: IU becomes the first to saturate the full capability of 100 gigabit link

Major grants


2008: I-Light: Network backbone complete ($4.9M)

2007: DLF Aquifer American Social History Online

2006: IU acquires Big Red, then the 23rd fastest unclassified supercomputer in the world

2005: IUScholarWorks institutional repository goes online

2004: Digital Audio Archives Project launches

2003: AVIDD is the first distributed cluster to achieve more than 1 TFLOPS Linpack, debuting in 50th place on Top 500 list.

2002: Film Literature Index Online (NEH)

2001: IU upgrades IBM SP to be first university-owned teraFLOPs computer; ranked 50th on Top500 list

2000: Wright American Fiction joint CIC project begins


1999: Indiana General Assembly funds I-Light Network ($5.3M)

1998: Hoagy Carmichael Collection (IMLS) launches

1997: The Digital Library Program is launched in its current form

1996: Scientific Applications on Arrays of Multiprocessors (SCAAMP) is formed

1995: Victorian Women Writers Project begins

1994: DIDO Image Bank goes online

1993: IU acquires a Paragon, the university's first parallel supercomputer

1992: LETRS service is established

1991: Pivotal centers, groups, and systems are established:
  • The Stat/Math Center
  • Scalar Technology Array of Risc Research Systems (STARRS)
  • University Computing Services
  • Research and Academic Computing (precursor to Research Technologies)


1989: Center for Innovative Computer Applications is established.

1988: Unix Workstation Support Group is created.

1981: CDC 855, three Prime computers, eight DEC VAXes

Throughout the late 80s and early 90s, the Hondo quantum chemistry program was developed.


1979: The Office of Instructional Computing is formed - with the mission of incorporating microcomputers into the educational process

1976: Control Data Corporation CYBER 172 is purchased and connected to CDC 6600 with a locally created connector to create a dual mainframe research system

1973: Terminals across the Bloomington campus begin getting connected to the computers in the HPER machine room

1971: IU purchases Control Data Corporation CDC 6600

1970: The Research Computing Center is charged with providing academic computing services to IU campuses

Between 1970-90, The Center for Disease Control was a key research resource at IUB. At IUPUI, IBM was a key research resource


1963: Hagstrom, Prosser, and Young implement FASTRAN (FAST FORTRAN II) for IBM 709

1960: Marshall Wrubel writes "The Electronic Computer as an Astronomical Instrument"


1956: First major electronic computer, the IBM 650, is delivered and installed, requiring 1000 square feet of floor space

1955: Marshall Wrubel is the first permanently appointed Director of Research Computing Center

1953: President Herman B. Wells calls for creation of a research computing center: "Many complicated problems in the physical, biological, and social sciences, in business, and in education require the employment of modern high-speed computing machines for practical solution."


1940: Central Statistical Bureau is established with grant from IBM