The University of California, San Diego, Supercomputer Center in La Jolla was formally dedicated by Gov. George Deukmejian, who hailed the $100-million facility as "a treasure of modern technology" that will "help keep California on the cutting edge of a fiercely competitive global economy." Deukmejian's glowing remarks echoed those of other speakers involved in the development of the center, one of five federally funded supercomputer facilities nationwide. The National Science Foundation chose UC San Diego as the site of the only supercomputer in the western United States in February, 1985. Construction of the center was completed nine months later and the center's showpiece--a $14 million Cray supercomputer--has been operating since December.