At an ISCA’21 panel, "Is there research funding beyond machine learning and quantum?" Panelist Tim Green (Director of Innovative Research at SRC) highlighted the ILLIXR project in answer to the question “How do SRC and DARPA move the needle on a problem as complex as hardware-software co-design?” He described the timeline of the development of ILLIXR as a success story from the SRC/DARPA sponsored C-FAR/JUMP programs with phrases such as “high risk/high reward,” and “the impossible made possible,” When the ILLIXR team started nearly 5 years ago, many thought that such an open source system would be impossible.