The Student Information Processing Board (SIPB) is a student group at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that helps students access computing resources and use them effectively.
SIPB was founded in 1969 by Bob Frankston. At the time, computers in universities were still expensive resources reserved for funded research projects. Through an arrangement with the MIT administration, SIPB administered student accounts on university-owned computers.
In 1983, MIT launched Project Athena, an initiative to create a distributed computing system for educational use. SIPB was instrumental in the creation of Project Athena and helped to provide MIT students with access to computing resources for independent projects. Project Athena led to several important Unix technologies such as X11, instant messaging, and network filesystems.
SIPB set up a Web server at
www.mit.edu in 1993, when the number of public web servers was roughly 100 and long before university Web sites became common. When MIT finally did set up an official website, it was at
SIPB has been instrumental for funding technical software projects that benefit the MIT community. These have included: