The Resource. Winter 1999
ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER VICKSBURG MS MAJOR SHARED RESOURCE CENTER
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October 1, 1999, was a memorable day for all of us at the U.S. Army Engineer Waterways Experiment Station CEWES in Vicksburg, MS. On that date, the 70-year-old research facility officially became a part of the newly organized U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center ERDC. From a modest beginning as a single research facility initiated in response to the Great Flood of 1927, CEWES grew into a complex of five major engineering laboratories. With the most recent consolidation as ERDC, we are now eight laboratories located at four sites in the United States. October 1, 1999, marked a new beginning for the CEWES MSRC as well, for on this day, we officially became the ERDC MSRC. Additional changes are inevitable, but without change there can be no progress. As with all memorable events, this is a good time to look back on our progress and successes and then look forward to the future--to revisit our vision and tighten our focus. Beginning in 1989 as the Army Supercomputer Center, the CEWES MSRC became the first HPC Major Shared Resource Center in 1993 as part of the DoD HPC Modernization Program. Our growth has been phenomenal, and today we are ranked in the top ten in the world for computing capability. We can measure our successes in numerous ways--in HPC computing resources we house several of the most powerful HPC systems in the world, PET initiatives we are capable of transferring cutting-edge HPC technology from premier university centers, scientific visualization capabilities we have one of the most diverse and best equipped SVC facilities of its kind, and our personnel our staff consists of engineers, computer scientists, and visualization specialists--the list goes on. As we look to the future, we must continue to strive to excel and to deliver service, education, technical expertise, and leadership to the HPC community. Only then will we be able to achieve the research and engineering objectives that are vital to our nation.
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