San Diego Supercomputer Center records, 1984-1999 (RSS 1700)

Restrictions: Original floppy disks are restricted. Contact Special Collections in advance regarding use.

Extent: 1.6 Linear feet (4 archives boxes)

The San Diego Supercomputer Center records contains correspondence, minutes, proposals and reports created by GA (General Atomics) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), an organized research unit of UC San Diego, develops and uses technology to advance science. SDSC is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and pursues research in the areas of high performance computer.

The San Diego Super Computer Center (SDSC) was first proposed to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in 1984 with the intention of being a "Comprehensive Supercomputer Center" to the National Science Foundation. Stakeholders in the development of SDSC include GA Technologies Inc., Salk Institute for Biological Studies, San Diego State University, Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, UCSD Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego, and the National Science Foundation.

SDSC was officially founded on November 14, 1985. Progress for the Super Computer Center advanced quickly. The same year, SDSC received its first super computer, CRAY XMP-48. In 1987, SDSC proposed to the NSF to extend and expand the project. In 1988, the "Next Phase" was proposed as a new stage of development for SDSC as a joint project with General Atomics.

Directors for SDSC have included: Sidney Karin (Founding Director, 1985-2001), Fran Berman (2001-2010), and Michael Norman (2010-present).

The San Diego Supercomputer Center records contains correspondence, minutes, proposals and reports created by GA (General Atomics) and the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

Arranged in five series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) COMMITTEES, 3) PLANS, 4) PROPOSALS, and 5) REPORTS.

Provenance

In 2019, correspondence, meeting agendas and minutes, and reports were discovered and transferred from the records held by SIO Directors William Nierenberg and Edward Frieman and added to this collection.

Container List

CORRESPONDENCE

Scope and Contents of Series

Series 1) CORRESPONDENCE: Contains correspondence discovered in the records held by SIO Directors William Nierenberg and Edward Frieman and transferred to this collection.

Box 1 Folder 1-3
1984-1991

Includes the 1986 and 1987 issues of Science at the San Diego Supercomputer Center.

Box 1 Folder 4
1995

Includes Report of the Task Force on the Future of the NSF Supercomputer Centers.

Box 1 Folder 5
1996

Includes organizational charts.

COMMITTEES

Scope and Contents of Series

Series 2) COMMITTEES: Contains agendas and minutes discovered in the records held by SIO Directors William Nierenberg and Edward Frieman and transferred to this collection.

Box 1 Folder 6
Allocation Committee - Minutes, 1991 September 24

Steering Committee

Box 1 Folder 7
1987-1988
Box 1 Folder 8
1989
Box 1 Folder 9
1990
Box 2 Folder 1-2
1991
Box 2 Folder 3
1992

PLANS

Box 2 Folder 4
Long range plan, 1987 June

Program plans

Box 2 Folder 5
FY 1992
Box 2 Folder 6-7
FY 1993

Exhibits section includes publications, articles, floppy disks, stereo slide viewer, and color photo slides.

Box 2 Folder 8-9
FY 1995-1997
Box 3 Folder 1
FY 1999

PROPOSALS

Scope and Contents of Series

Series 4) PROPOSALS: Consists exclusively proposals submitted to the National Science Foundation.

Box 3 Folder 2
Development of a comprehensive supercomputer center for the United States Academic Research Community, 1984 April

Unsolicited proposal.

Box 3 Folder 3
Development of a comprehensive supercomputer center for the United States Academic Research Community, 1984 September
Box 3 Folder 4
Capability upgrades and base program extension for the San Diego Supercomputer Center, 1987 May
Box 3 Folder 5
San Diego Supercomputer Center: The Next Phase, 1988 November 8
Box 3 Folder 6
San Diego Supercomputer Center: The Next Phase - Addendum 1-2, 1989 February 8
Box 3 Folder 7
National Partnership for Advanced Computational Infrastructure: A proposal from the University of California, San Diego to the National Science Foundation's Partnership for Advance Computational Infrastructure Program, 1996 September

REPORTS

Scope and Contents of Series

Series 5) REPORTS: Contains reports discovered in the records held by SIO Directors William Nierenberg and Edward Frieman and transferred to this collection.

Box 4 Folder 1-4
Quarterly Management Report, 1985-1986
Box 4 Folder 5-11
Quarterly Management Report, 1988-1989