In March 2007, Intel and Microsoft announced they would fund a Universal Parallel Computing Research Center (UPCRC) and invited the 25 top Computer Science departments to submit proposals. In August 2007, Intel and Microsoft told us that their technical committee had unanimously selected Berkeley as the top choice of the competition. The public announcement came March 2008, and included support for University of Illinois in addition to Berkeley. The ﬁve-year, $10M, UPCRC forms the foundation for the U.C. Berkeley Parallel Computing Laboratory, or Par Lab, a multidisciplinary research project exploring the future of parallel processing.