Computing

March 25, 2020
 

Oshkosh Defense LLC, Oshkosh, Wisconsin, was awarded a $14,474,137 modification (P00245) to contract W56HZV-15-C-0095 to incorporate engineering change proposals for Mounted Family of Computing Systems into the baseline configuration of the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle family of vehicles. Work will be performed in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, with an estimated completion date of June 30, 2021. Fiscal year 2019 and 2020 other procurement, Army; 2020 Navy procurement; and 2019 and 2020 Air Force procurement funds in the amount of $14,474,137 were obligated at the time of the award.  U.S. Army Contracting Command, Detroit Arsenal, Michigan, is the contracting activity.

November 3, 2017
 

Raytheon Co., Integrated Defense Systems, Tewksbury, Massachusetts, is being awarded a $29,455,672 cost-plus-fixed-fee, cost-plus-incentive-fee and cost modification to a previously awarded contract (N00024-17-C-5145) to exercise options for missions systems equipment; total ship computing environment hardware; and software research, test and development; DDG 1000 class integrated logistics support and associated other direct costs to support the exercised options.

October 28, 2016
 

The Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA) recently released the Virtuous User Environment (VirtUE) broad agency announcement. The goal of the VirtUE program is to create and demonstrate a more secure interactive user computing environment by leveraging the federal government’s impending migration to commercial cloud-based information technology infrastructures and the current explosion of new virtualization and operating system concepts.

Proposals are due December 12.

July 1, 2015
 

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Cambridge, Massachusetts, has been awarded a $7,136,232 cost-reimbursement contract for research and development in transparent computing. Contractor will conduct research to develop novel tagging and tracking approaches for establishing the causal relationships among activities across an enterprise environment, particularly focused on distinguishing between the "low and slow" Advance Persistent Threat (APT) and regular user and system activities. Work will be performed at Cambridge, Massachusetts, and is expected to be complete by Aug. 30, 2019. This award is the result of a competitive acquisition with 51 offers received.

November 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Intel Lab’s experimental single-chip cloud computer is a 48-core concept microprocessor that is like a microcosm of a cloud data center. The architecture could offer a solution to some of the issues chip developers face.

These tiny technologies will influence what systems can accomplish in the years to come.

October 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 
Telecomm leaders explain that the present is driving what will come as they identify several common trends.

September 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

 The Future of the Internet

Two computing behemoths have big information technology plans for the future.

August 2011
By Rita Boland, SIGNAL Magazine

 

The Future of the Internet

Advances will connect people like never before.

October 2010
By George I. Seffers, SIGNAL Magazine

 

Although quantum computers will look nothing like cryptology machines from previous generations, they may be just as big, or even bigger.

Government agencies and universities are allied on potential encryption powerhouse.

June 2010
By Maryann Lawlor, SIGNAL Magazine

February 2009
By Rita Boland

 
The current approach to military software development is stovepiped. The U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency wants a more collaborative approach to provide capabilities  to warfighters.
Defense Information Systems Agency effort will enhance cooperation among certain information technology personnel.

December 2007
By Cmdr. Danelle Barrett, USN; Boyd Fletcher; and Dave Huff

December 2006
By Rita Boland

 
The Cell Broadband Engine, or Cell processor, developed by IBM Corporation, Sony Group and Toshiba Corporation, combines eight processors on a single computer chip.
Innovative microprocessor needs less space to produce more power.

April 2006
By Henry S. Kenyon

 
Service-oriented architecture (SOA) allows applications from different vendors to interoperate and to be modified to conform to changing technologies. SOA-based tools will help commercial and civilian government organizations to upgrade and enhance their computer networks more effectively.
Technique permits software to interoperate, share applications and integrate technologies.

February 2001
By Henry S. Kenyon

Self-learning system offers potential knowledge transfer, training and education applications.

Prototype technology could someday help exhausted or stressed front-line officers make sound critical decisions by providing advice based on their own career experiences. The software program can create a database consisting of an individual’s professional knowledge that can be expanded and modified throughout a person’s career. 

February 1999
By Robert K. Ackerman

Imagery capabilities formerly limited to analysts now available to individuals at diverse locations.

A series of desktop central processing units combines the attributes of workstations and personal computers into a single platform. The new hardware can bring detailed imagery and graphics manipulation into the hands of more users throughout government and the military at prices comparable to those of mid-level personal computers.

July 1999
By Michelle L. Hankins

Agency creates software for secure World Wide Web access to systems.

Researchers at one federal agency are adding a new dimension to remote access computing via the Internet. A computer program created through research at the agency provides a web-based interface that simplifies command-driven queuing systems and applications environments. Without extensive expertise in complicated command language, users can now perform computing tasks on remote systems as if directly connected to them.

August 1999
By Fred V. Reed

The next jump in processor capabilities may come from number crunching rather than from micron splitting.

A new twist on age-old logarithms may hold the key to faster computer microprocessors. An improved approach to logarithmic arithmetic is finally allowing it to compete with current algorithms used in the central processing units of computers.

Previous processor speeds largely owed their advances to new chip designs. Engineers constantly design chip architectures to permit operation at higher speeds. Similar advances have been achieved by shrinking the semiconductor’s detail resolution progressively to below 1 micron.

October 1999
By Maryann Lawlor

Neural network software acts as early warning system to prevent equipment failures, predict business trends.

Sophisticated, pattern-recognizing artificial intelligence agents are solving quandaries faced by organizations that are being inundated by massive amounts of information. The design of these technodrones is based on the characteristics of structures that allow the human body to function. It enables systems administrators, both military and commercial, to monitor and pre-empt network catastrophes and allows corporate leaders to tap available data and take advantage of opportunities.

February 2000
By Robert K. Ackerman

Just how the ubiquitous desktop devices are changing business practices remains a topic for heated debate.

Now that computers have established themselves as the main driver for socioeconomic change in the foreseeable future, many analysts are questioning whether their perceived productivity gains are largely illusory. Issues such as software complexity and time efficiency weigh against a prevailing mindset that businesses and individuals cannot succeed, or even survive, without their new silicon-based mentors.

February 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

Inexpensive processors and sensors coupled with improved computer codes lead to smart machines.

In the coming decades, autonomous robotic devices will patrol battlefields and vacuum the floors in homes. Recent advances in software and hardware are preparing the way for a generation of vehicles and tools able to operate with minimal human supervision for prolonged periods of time.

May 2000
By Sharon Berry

Innovative application deployment may save end-users money and time to focus on core business objectives.

A new method of delivering software promises to reduce the cost and time required for infrastructure setup, software installation, maintenance and support. Known as the application service provider model, the approach reduces the burden on internal information systems resources and enables a predictable cost model for running programs.

July 2000
By Sharon Berry

Despite growing Internet use and successes, designers’ patience shrinks with Web-page obstacles.

A growing industry and government effort to provide nationwide Internet services has created an intricate maze of accessibility, content and quality control challenges. With the number of Internet users now totaling 320 million, more than a score of browsers in use and the development of constantly changing Internet technologies, the online challenges are complex. Navigation has been difficult, errors continue to creep in, and many users are excluded from access to a large number of World Wide Web sites.

July 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

Program targets word relationships in documents, provides concise summaries of requested material.

An information retrieval tool that is more powerful and accurate than standard search engines allows users to quickly retrieve information within several mouse clicks. The application combs through the “hits” produced by investigation programs to find documents based on specific word associations and creates a database from these results. By highlighting only specific paragraph-sized sections of text, the technology streamlines the research process by eliminating the task of scanning entire documents to find bits of relevant data.

October 2000
By Henry S. Kenyon

Software tool creates direct link from camera to monitor without format conversion or bandwidth delays.

The U.S. Defense Department has developed an imagery system that allows full-motion video inputs from unmanned aerial vehicles, handheld cameras and similar devices to move directly from a sensor to an analyst’s workstation. Based on recent advances in hardware and commercially available software, intelligence agencies can now capture and process uncompressed imagery in real time with sophisticated off-the-shelf products.

January 2001
By Maryann Lawlor

Bits and bytes recovery capability critical in resource-challenged regions.

A sinking feeling emerges when saved information cannot be retrieved or a hard drive is totally destroyed. The anxiety of data loss rivals the panic that sets in upon misplacing a treasured keepsake or losing a large sum of money. And, it is a deplorable reality in an age that is more dependent than ever on vulnerable devices that are relied upon from the dawn of an idea through storage for posterity.

May 2001
By Maj. Timothy R. Schmoyer, USA, and Maj. Bernard J. Jansen, USA

Coordinating service requests saves time, increases accountability.

An adaptive hypermedia system that streamlines and enhances work-order procedures demonstrates that technology can be profitably employed to achieve an organization’s customer support goals. Although the initial deployment of the technology was limited to building maintenance, the software could have far-reaching implications for improved customer relations and effective time utilization.

March 2003
By Sharon Berry

Scientists develop an Internet-scale persistent data store with the advantages of collaborative computing.

Researchers at the University of California–Berkeley have developed an approach to information security and sharing that combines the power of the Internet with a memory-sharing system and creates a globally distributed hard drive that is accessible to millions of users. The information would remain intact even when servers fail, natural disasters strike, malicious attacks are launched or all three occur simultaneously.