What happened to Csironet, and why?

Dr Robert Bell1

1CSIRO Information Management and Technology, VIC, Australia


By the mid-1980s, Csironet had a staff of 150 and provided access to 53 host computers and services through a network with 150 basic nodes across and outside Australia. In 1984, it acquired one of the leading supercomputers of its day, and was facilitating CSIRO’s computational science and providing services to several government departments.

By the early 1990s, it had all gone.

This talk will outline some of the key steps in the demise, and some of the key lessons for other computing service providers.


Robert Bell is a CSIRO Retirement Fellow, working on the history of CSIRO’s computing services. He first used a CSIRO computer at the beginning of 1968, spent 15 years working in CSIRO Atmospheric Research and spent 29 years in scientific computing services for CSIRO, focussing on HPC and data storage.


Jul 07 2021


12:30 pm - 1:30 pm

Local Time

  • Timezone: America/New_York
  • Date: Jul 06 2021
  • Time: 10:30 pm - 11:30 pm