|CCL CCL History|
Short history of CCL -- It is still being written
Created by Jan Labanowski, in January, 1991, the Computational Chemistry List (CCL) enjoyed the support and encouragement of the Ohio Supercomputer Center (OSC).
The discussion forum became busier and larger every year and has become a big success!!!. There is, however, a typical story to every success.
CCL activity grew too large for a single person to manage as an after-hours love affair. Moreover, CCL consumed more than 90% of the Web and ftp traffic of the parent organization, the Ohio Supercomputer Center -- this is a lot... From a few Megabytes of files it grew to Gigabytes. In short, it became too big to be managed as a hobby, and it consumed resources which are quite expensive. Moreover, we planned major additions to the CCL, hence running the project off an OSC Web Server and pretending that we were small would not work for long.
We had to move CCL over to a separate network and link from our upstream provider.
In 1996, the CCL was blessed with the National Science Foundation (NSF) grant. Reviewers considered the CCL a much needed and successful resource, and suggested that the Seed Grant from NSF be used to develop an environment which could be self-sustaining in the future. Thus the grant was able to provide the necessary funds to employ students, buy hardware and software, and to put a lot of effort in the overal design and tools for managing the resource.
Today, the CCL has thousands of subscribers (check our audience composition) and its Web traffic continues to grow. To keep e-mail traffic in check, we decided to introduce and enforce rules by sophisticated filters and tools. We place certain announcements only on our Web site and we discourage messages which are not of general interest. Please review also our mission statement to learn more about our reson d'etre.
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