Netlib and NA-Net: building a scientific computing community

Dongarra, Jack and Golub, G and Moler, C and Moore, K (2007) Netlib and NA-Net: building a scientific computing community. [MIMS Preprint]

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Abstract

The Netlib software repository was created in 1984 to facilitate quick distribution of public domain software routines for use in scientific computation. The Numerical Analysis Net (or "NA Net") had its roots in the same period, beginning as a simple file of contact information for numerical analysts and evolving into an email forwarding service for that community. It soon evolved to support a regular electronic mail newsletter, and eventually an online directory service. Both of these services are still in operation and enjoy wide use today. While they are and always have been distinct services, Netlib and NA-Net's histories are intertwined. This document gives the system authors' perspective on how and why Netlib and NA-Net came to exist and impact on their user communities.

Item Type: MIMS Preprint
Additional Information: Accepted in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, August 2007
Uncontrolled Keywords: Mathematical Software, scientific computation, public domain,
Subjects: MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 65 Numerical analysis
MSC 2010, the AMS's Mathematics Subject Classification > 68 Computer science
Depositing User: Ms Lucy van Russelt
Date Deposited: 10 Oct 2007
Last Modified: 08 Nov 2017 18:18
URI: http://eprints.maths.manchester.ac.uk/id/eprint/857

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