Operation of the Regional Computer Centre of Universities (OVC VŠ) dates back to 1975. A year later, in March, the ICL 4-72 computer was put into operation, containing twenty telex terminals located at Czech universities in Prague and beyond. Configuration of the computer was continually replenished, so in a very short time the number of connected terminals exceeded one hundred and the number of active users of the computing system counted several hundred. The computer was then connected to other satellite computers ICL 2903, which were later upgraded to type 2904.

One of the tasks of the Centre was to coordinate the implementation of information and communication systems for the administration and management of universities. In 1986, a dual Soviet computer EC 1045 was installed, which was considerably faster than ICL 4-72, but also much more liable to breakdown.

At the end of 1987, the Institute of Computer Science (ÚVT) terminated its activities and the Regional Computer Centre of Universities took over all its tasks, premises and staff. It started to focus more on activities for CTU, stopped developing scientific and research activities and it significantly reduced the number of employees, which was nearly two hundred after the fusion with ÚVT.

In 1986, the Ministry of Education allocated funds to schools for purchase of thirty personal computers, some of which had even a 20Mbyte hard drive. OVC VŠ acquired 6 personal computers for their activities. In 1992,

OVC VŠ was renamed to the Computer Centre of the Czech Technical University. Some of its activities were all-sectoral, others focused exclusively on CTU.

In 1990, as part of its academic initiative, IBM offered Czech universities a free-of-charge IBM 3090 computer to replace the 15-year-old ICL 4-72. It was operated for five years as the last of the centre computers. In addition to this, another three computers were installed and operated: IBM-4341, 4381, and 4361.

In 1989, a computer room connected to the Internet was set up for CTU students in the centre. Students were able to get information from all over the world. Only in 1990, with the social changes brought by November 1989, was the Czechoslovak national node EARN connected with the Austrian national node in Linz by an international circuit for data transmission with a transfer speed of 9 600 b/s.

At the beginning of 1993, when the experimental operation of the CESNET computer network was officially launched, almost all university centres were connected to the network and the number of users was reported in thousands. At the end of 1995, more than 800 legal persons outside universities were connected to the network. The most important partners were the Czech Academy of Sciences with dozens of its institutes, the National Library, libraries, ministries and other authorities, state and local governments, foundations, research institutes and some commercial companies. It was also significant that most departmental institutes, more than 250 secondary schools and all educational authorities were connected to the network. In September 1996 these activities were taken over by the CESNET interest association.

In 1995, the IBM SP-2 supercomputer complex was installed, at that time the most powerful system in the country, and since then it has been upgraded several times.

As the Computer Centre does not only carry out the computation, but also works with information, it was given a new name in 1995: The Computer and Information Center of the Czech Technical University (CIC of CTU).

CIC continues to be a university-wide workplace for general computing and information technology tasks. It coordinates the operation and development of the computer network, operates a supercomputer centre, develops its software and provides services in the field of extremely demanding computing. It coordinates the operation and development of the CTU information system, maintains its integration tools, operates and improves its individual components and provides public information services.

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