Industry Watch

"Blue Mountain" module delivered

Silicon Graphics Inc. last week delivered to the Los Alamos National Laboratory the third of 12 supercomputer modules that will allow scientists to test the safety and reliability of the U.S. nuclear arsenal without having to actually detonate a nuclear device.

When completed in November of this year, "Blue Mountain" will be the highest-sustained-performance supercomputer in the world, packing up to 6,144 processors and capable of churning through 1 trillion floating-point operations per second. The computer's capabilities will pave the way for the United States to enter into the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty— an international agreement banning nuclear tests— by allowing scientists to conduct simulated tests on an aging stockpile of nuclear weapons.

Blue Mountain will be organized into 48 128-processor modules that will be interconnected by 36 16-port high-performance parallel interface switches. It also will hold 75 terabytes of fiber channel disk space, making it the largest disk farm ever assembled for a single computer, and it will support 1.5 trillion bytes of memory.


ODS provides SGI with switches

ODS Networks Inc. has signed a $7 million contract to provide 11 network switches to Silicon Graphics Inc. under Los Alamos National Laboratory's Accelerated Strategic Computing Initiative program.

The ASCI program, expected to be one of the fastest and largest computer systems in the world, will use supercomputer simulations as a substitute for underground nuclear weapons testing. ODS will provide its 32-port Gigabyte System Network 6400 switches, which are capable of transferring 6,400M of data for an aggregate switch bandwidth of 512 gigabits/sec.


FAA taps Raytheon for radars

The Federal Aviation Administration has awarded Raytheon Systems Co. a contract potentially worth $180 million to manufacture and install up to 152 new secondary surveillance radar systems under the agency's Air Traffic Control Beacon Interrogator Replacement program.

The program replaces aging civil air traffic control radar beacon systems used by the FAA to obtain information such as identification, altitude, direction and airspeed from aircraft flying at high altitudes. The new radar will integrate with existing primary surveillance radar systems operated by the FAA and the Defense Department.


SAIC offers FTS 2001 transition

Science Applications International Corp. has unveiled new service offerings designed to help federal agencies make the transition to FTS 2001.

Called TransNet 2001, SAIC's new package consists of three modules: Assessment, which captures an agency's telecommunications asset inventory; Planning, which helps an agency finalize a network's design and requirements; and Execution, which helps an agency move to a new network by managing site activities and monitoring vendor performance. Agencies can buy any combination of modules.


Volpe selects five for security

The Transportation Department's Volpe National Transportation Systems Center has awarded five indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contracts potentially worth $45 million to provide information systems and physical security support services for critical transportation and telecommunications infrastructure programs.

The winning vendors are TASC Inc., Mei Technology Corp., Scientech, Science Applications International Corp. and Integrated Management Services Inc.


EdgeMark to carry StorageTek

EdgeMark Systems Inc.'s Government Technology Group last week announced it will be adding Storage Technology Corp.'s products to its General Services Administration schedule and other government contracts.

EdgeMark, Silver Spring Md., is an information technology and consulting company for enterprise users. StorageTek, Louisville, Colo., provides storage solutions for the mainframe, distributed and network environments, including tape, disk, video, audio and still images.

EdgeMark has been moving into the client/server market, and both firms said they believe StorageTek's new disk and automated tape products for this market are a natural fit with EdgeMark's expansion.


Smith Corona gets GSA schedule

Smith Corona Corp., Cortland, N.Y., last week announced the availability of its full line of workstations and laptops on the General Services Administration schedule as well as a partnership with Vanstar Corp. to offer more services to the federal market.

All of Smith Corona's new computer products, announced in July at E-Gov 98, will be built to order and will come with free CompUSA training programs and a 60-day money-back guarantee. Through Vanstar Government Systems, Smith Corona also will offer a leasing program and managed seat environments. Vanstar also will provide electronic ordering through its GSA contract.


IBM gets SEI rating

An IBM Global Government Industry organization has received the Software Engineering Institute's Level 3 rating for its software development practices.

The rating is based on SEI's Capability Maturity Model, which is used to evaluate software development capabilities based on the extent to which the development team uses standard procedures for project management and software engineering.

CMM ratings range from Level 1, in which practices are not structured and not repeatable, to Level 5, in which nearly every activity is fully standardized and documented, suggesting a high chance of success on a given project. Level 3 is considered a high rating; few software organizations achieve Level 5.

IBM's Solutions Development and Delivery team, based in Houston, received the rating.


ICF Kaiser makes $3.5M in sales

ICF Kaiser International Inc., Fairfax, Va., last week announced that five agencies had selected its financial management system software in recent months, giving the firm $3.5 million in sales over the past year.

ICF Kaiser's Federal Financial Assistant (Finasst) customers now include the Farm Credit Administration, the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, the Equal Opportunity Commission, the National Transportation Safety Board and the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Finasst has been approved by the General Services Administration for sale to the federal market.


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