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


  • NSF awards IU $3.82 million for Open Science Grid Operations Center
  • NSF award to help climate scientists protect coastal cities


  • IU receives NSF grant to expand internship program in network engineering
  • IU awarded $1.5 million NSF grant for new national center to support human genome research (NCGAS)
  • Sustainable Environment-Actionable Data (SEAD) project funded
  • IU's REN-ISAC receives $800,000 NSF grant for cybersecurity initiative


  • IU receives NSF grant to lead campus trials of future research network
  • IU receives $9.2 million from NSF to expand global networks and research


  • NSF funds GRNOC: Global Environment for Network Innovations (GENI) ($330K)
  • NSF funds FutureGrid ($10.1M)
  • IU Center receives NIH grant to improve privacy protection in medical research


  • Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Pervasive Technology Institute ($15M)


  • NSF funds network connectivity to Pakistan ($950K)
  • Bandwidth Challenge award (Simms et al)


  • IEDC/IBM grant to double Big Red


  • NSF funds IU’s early operations participation in TeraGrid ($440K)
  • NSF funds IU as a TeraGrid Resource Partner ($4.1M)
  • Variations3 (IMLS)
  • NSF funds network connectivity to Asia (TransPAC2) ($5.1M)
  • GRNOC: National Lambda Rail engineering and operations support ($7.5M)
  • NSF funds Data Capacitor ($1.72M), a high-speed file system for handling big data problems ($1.72M)


  • Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Indiana METACyt Initiative ($53M total; $6.25M for Big Red supercomputer)


  • NSF funds IU’s TeraGrid participation via IP-grid ($1.5M)
  • HPC Challenge Award (Stewart et al)


  • GRNOC: Indiana Gigapop supporting Higher Education access to national R&E ($500K)
  • NSF funds AVIDD ($1.8M)


  • Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Indiana Genomics Initiative ($105M total; $6.7M for IBM SP supercomputer and staff)
  • Variations2 ($3.1M)


  • Lilly Endowment, Inc. funds Indiana Genomics Initiative, including funding for the INGEN Advanced IT Core (later called Advianced Biomedical IT Core) ($29M) (Fox recruited)
  • NSF funds network connectivity to Asia (TransPAC) ($10.1M)


  • Digital Library IBM SUR grant
  • Internet2 network engineering and operations support ($3.7M)
  • Industrial Mold filling HPC Challenge award (Bramley et al)


  • vBNS - Very High Speed Backbone Service ($394K)
  • 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.


  • IBM SUR (Shared University Research) grant for IBM RS/6000 SP2, which becomes the university's primary parallel supercomputer
  • Variations SUR grant (Digital Music Libraries)


  • DEC equipment grant ($10M)


  • An IBM 709 and three auxiliary machines installed in new HPER building machine room.


  • NSF award allows the purchase of a CDC 3400/3600 computer system.


  • Office of Naval research funds IBM 602/A Calculating Machine for IU Chemistry Department.


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