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The National Center for Supercomputing Applications, 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, opened its doors in January 1986. NCSA 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, 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 also includes the San Diego Supercomputer Center, Argonne National Laboratory, and the California Institute of Technology—was tapped by the National Science Foundation to build the most comprehensive infrastructure ever deployed for scientific research. Besides offering the world's fastest unclassified supercomputers with 13.6 teraflops of aggregate computing power, this "Teragrid" hardware and software will include ultra high-speed networks, high-resolution visualization environments, and toolkits for grid computing. Building and deploying the Teragrid will take three years.

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