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2007.123: Netlib and NA-Net: building a scientific computing community

2007.123: Jack Dongarra, G Golub, C Moler and K Moore (2007) Netlib and NA-Net: building a scientific computing community.

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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
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Accepted in IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, August 2007

Uncontrolled Keywords:Mathematical Software, scientific computation, public domain,
Subjects:MSC 2000 > 65 Numerical analysis
MSC 2000 > 68 Computer science
MIMS number:2007.123
Deposited By:Miss Louise Stait
Deposited On:10 October 2007

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