History of Research Computing Center

Supercomputing came to the Florida State University campus through the auspices of the Supercomputer Computations Research Institute (SCRI), which began operation in 1984. It was established by the U.S. Department of Energy in response to a nationwide discussion on the need to advance research in a variety of fields, all of which required large-scale computers. SCRI ushered in a period in which several national supercomputing centers were established and which most research universities invested in high-performance computers.

Over the years, a number of supercomputing configurations came to the Florida State campus, all of which have played a focal role in the use of computers to advance science and engineering and in the development of algorithms and software that take full advantages of these computational resources. The SCRI was a pioneering venture for the nation that continues to this day at Florida State.


RCC — Shared-HPC facility became the Research Computing Center (RCC), a part of the Florida State University Information Technology Services, and consolidated high-performance computing, cloud computing, and research computing consulting.


HPC — name changed to Shared High Performance Computing (HPC)


Shared-HPC — installed high performance compute server, consisting of multiple login nodes, compute nodes, high-performance storage, and InfiniBand / IP communications fabrics


Eclipse — installed IBM eServer p690 and integrated with existing "Teragold" supercomputer (297 GB shared memory; 2,253 GFLOPS peak performance)

The combined system was the fastest academic machine in the world and was ranked 34th on the TOP 500 list of supercomputers in June 2002


Teragold — installed IBM RS/6000 SP system (3 TB disk space; 40 TB archival storage)


Origin 2000 — installed Silicon Graphics Inc., Origin 2000 server with 18 processors (4.5 GB memory; 9 GFLOPS peak speed)


SGI Challenge XLS — purchased two Silicon Graphics Power Challenge XLSs to create a Scalable Shared-Memory Processor (SSMP) system with the advantages of both shared-memory systems and distributed computing systems (4,096 MB combined memory; 6.5 GFLOPS combined peak speed)


Cluster Computing — term originated at Florida State University as part of the language used to describe the developing computing environment

High Speed Network — installed higher speed network interconnects and moved computing beyond the confines of local area networks to truly global scale (>1,000 clustered processors; >750 GFLOPS throughput)

CM-2 Connection Machine — massively parallel computer installed from Thinking Machines Corporation (2 GB memory; 5 GFLOPS peak speed)

Cray Y-MP/432 — supercomputer installed (256 MB memory; 1.3 GFLOPS peak speed)

Cray Y-MP was the world's first supercomputer to sustain over 1 GFLOP on many applications.


ETA Systems ETA10-G — last of four ETA systems installed (128 MB combined memory; 5 GFLOPS peak speed)

ETA10-G was the fastest supercomputer in the world at the time


ETA System ETA10-G — world's first ETA Systems Class VII supercomputer delivered (32 MB memory; 1.5 GFLOPS peak speed)

A major milestone was achieved at Florida State when a single user was able to login to the ETA-10 and successfully load, compile, and execute a number of jobs.


CDC Cyber 205 — Florida State University's first supercomputer installed (32 MB memory; 0.2 GFLOPS peak speed)


Supercomputing Computations Research Institute (SCRI) — opened at Florida State University