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Cool App-titude: BOINC

July 23, 2013
By Rachel Lilly
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Got spare Android power to share? The BOINC app lets you donate spare processing power to run jobs for scientific research projects, from a search for more effective AIDS therapies to the discovery of new pulsars. BOINC computes when your device is plugged in and charging and transfers data over Wi-Fi, so it will not run down your battery or take up data.

Created by researchers at the University of California Berkeley, the BOINC (Berkeley Open Infrastructure for Network Computing) program has been harnessing donated desktop computing power since 2002. With the new app, they hope to use smartphone and tablet power too.

Users can specify which project they would like to support.

Download the Android app from Google Play and the Kindle Fire tablet app from the Amazon Appstore.

According to the FAQ page for the app, there are "some technical and legal barriers to doing volunteer computing on iPhones," but it could be possible in the future.

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U.S. Army Awards $494 Million Information Technology Contract

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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Dell Federal Systems LP, Round Rock, Texas, (W91QUZ-07-D-0006); International Business Machine Corp., Bethesda, Md., (W91QUZ-07-D-0007); Unicom Government Inc., Herndon, Va., (W91QUZ-07-D-0008); CDW Government LLC, Vernon Hills, Ill., (W91QUZ-07-D-0009); Iron Bow Technologies LLC, Chantilly, Va., (W91QUZ-07-D-0010); and World Wide Technology Inc., Maryland Heights, Mo., (W91QUZ-07-D-0011); were awarded a firm-fixed-price, multiple-award, task-order contract with a maximum value of $494 million for the hardware, software and related integration services in support of the Information Technology Enterprise Solution-2. The Army Contracting Command, Rock Island, Ill., is the contracting activity. 

Boeing to Provide Next Generation Jammer for EA-18G Growler

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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The Boeing Co., St. Louis, Mo., is being awarded a $17,001,833 cost-plus-incentive-fee, cost-plus-fixed-fee delivery order (#2049) against a previously issued Basic Ordering Agreement (N00019-11-G-0001) for phase I of the next generation jammer (NGJ) pod hardware integration in support of the EA-18G aircraft. The phase I hardware integration will ensure the development, preparation and delivery of the aircraft modification design is suitable for the technology development stage of the NGJ pod program. The Naval Air Systems Command, Patuxent River, Md., is the contracting activity. 

Multiple Firms Awarded Decision Nearly $99 Million C4ISR Contract

July 22, 2013
George I. Seffers
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BOSH Global Services, Newport News, Va. (N65236-13-D-5840); Imagine One StraCon Venture LLC, Fort Worth, Texas (N65236-13-D-5841); ISHPI Information Technologies Inc., Mount Pleasant, S.C. (N65236-13-D-5842); Sentek Global, San Diego, Calif. (N65236-13-D-5843); Skylla Engineering Ltd., Humble, Texas (N65236-13-D-5844); and Chugach Federal Solution Inc., Anchorage, Alaska (N65236-13-D-5858) are each being awarded an indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity, cost-plus-fixed-fee, with provisions for fixed-price-incentive (firm target) and firm-fixed-price task orders, performance based multiple award contract. The contracts are for the procurement of decision superiority services including the entire spectrum of non-inherently governmental services and solutions (equipment and services) associated with the full system lifecycle support including research, development, test, evaluation, production and fielding of sustainable, secure, survivable, and interoperable command, control, communications, computers, combat systems, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, information operations, enterprise information services and space capabilities. These contracts include options which, if exercised, would bring the cumulative value of these multiple award contracts to an estimated $98,764,531. The Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic, Charleston, S.C., is the contracting activity. 

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