Laboratory of
Techniques and

        In 1996 the JINR marked the 30-th anniversary of the foundation
     of the Laboratory of Computing Techniques and Automation. The Joint
     Institute for Nuclear Research Director academician  N.N.Bogoliubov
     took the lead  in the creation. The  new laboratory  was to provide
     the  JINR  with  the methods  and tools  of  computing  techniques,
     mathematics and ,later on, information and communication.

        The mathematical groups became the basis of the LCTA then.
     The leaders of these groups were:
     -  E. Zhidkov  and  N. Govorun  in the  Laboratory  of  Theoretical
        Physics and the JINR Computing Centre;
     - V.Karyavin, G.I.Zabijakin, V.I.Moroz in experimental laboratories

        Experimenter physicist  M. G. Mescheryakov became LCTA Director.
     M. G. Mescheryakov  realized  a necessity  of  fundamental  science
     based on powerful computing.
        In  1946-1949  the first  JINR  accelerator-synchrocyclotron was
     created in the Laboratory of Nuclear Problems under his leadership.
        For 30 years  the development of computing techniques  and forms
     of its  application  have passed  many  stages, which  modified the
     work of both users and the LCTA  itself. The work and skills of the
     LCTA  staff  had  several  times to be matched  with  up-to-date
     requirements upon modern techniques and services.

        At present  we can observe a radical change  in the application
     of computing techniques means towards the distributed computing and
     global information society  caused by the essential  development of
     communication  facilities.  These changes  have  led to a serious
     revision of the  role  of LCTA and its purposes  at JINR and as a
     result to changes of the organization structure of the LCTA before
     its thirtieth anniversary.
        At present  348  employees work in the scientific departments of
     LCTA:  321  permanent (regular)  employees, 27  people  work on
     short-term contracts.  Among them are 9 professors, 19 doctors  of
     science, 82 candidates of science.

                    Dear  Friends and Colleagues,
     I cordially congratulate You and Your colleagues from all
    JINR laboratories and other institutes in Russia and abroad,
    the LCTA veterans on the occasion of 30th anniversary of LCTA.
     I am thankful to all colleagues and guests of our WWW-server
    for Your attention to LCTA.
                                                         Director of the LCTA
August 1996