CSIRO Computing History

By August 12th, 2019

These pages attempt to give some of the history of CSIRO’s use of computing in its research, focussing mainly on the large shared systems and services.

Updated: 10 Oct 2022.
Added Sidebar 9, and updated.
Last updated: 29 Nov 2022.
Added Sidebar 10, Csironet Documentation.
Robert C. Bell

 

These pages attempt to give some of the history of CSIRO’s use of computing in its research, focussing mainly on the large shared systems and services.  The pages do not cover the myriad applications that were run on the systems through the era, although the book “The Last of the First” does have extensive accounts of applications run on CSIRAC.

 

See the page for an entry to Computer Museums.

 

Chapter 1. CSIR Mk 1 (CSIRAC) and Trevor Pearcey. 1945-64

Chapter 4. Csironet – later 1980s – privatisation and decline: growth of local computing:

Csironet Building, Black Mountain

 

Chapter 5. Joint Supercomputing Facility – the Cray Research era. 1990-92

Chapter 7. The HPCCC – Bureau of Meteorology

Chapter 8. CSIRO HPSC

Chapter 9. CSIRO ASC, and Pawsey Supercomputing Centre

Chapter 10. CSIRO IM&T Scientific Computing

Sidebar 1: The start of on-line data and the management of shared storage

Sidebar 2: The start of the on-line network

Sidebar 3: Recollections of CSIRO CRS/DCR/Csironet staff

Sidebar 4: Applications Software

Sidebar 5: eResearch Collaboration Projects

Sidebar 6: Robert Bell personal computing history

Tower of Hanoi puzzle

Sidebar 7: Data-intensive computing, cherax, ruby, HSM, DMF and the Scientific Computing Data Store – a retrospective

Sidebar 8: CDC Cybers, operating systems, utilities and manuals; Cray

Sidebar 9: CSIRO Divisional Computing

Sidebar 10: Csironet Documentation

 

 

Appendix 1: Timeline

Appendix 2: Organisations

Appendix 3: Staff

Appendix 4: Opportunities

Appendix 5: References

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Appendix 6: Resources

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