Larry Smarr

Updated: 09/15/2017 by Computer Hope
Larry Smarr

Name: Larry Smarr

Born: Unknown

Computer-related contributions

  • Physicist and leader in scientific computing, supercomputer applications, and Internet infrastructure.
  • Promoted the benefits of technological innovation to scientific research, including advocacy of a high-speed network linking the national centers. This network later became the NSFNET, one of the significant predecessors of today's Internet.
  • After NSF revised funding 1997, Smarr became director of the National Computational Science Alliance and linked universities and research labs with NCSA to prototype the concept of grid computing.

Significant publications

  • "Grids in Context" in The Grid (2003).
  • Supercomputing and the Transformation of Science (1993).
  • Extraterrestrial Computing: Exploring the Universe with a Supercomputer (1991).
  • How Supercomputers are Transforming Science (1991).

Honors and awards

  • Awarded the Telluride Tech Festival Award of Technology (2005).


"Real men make their own radios."