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Navy, Weather Channel team up

The Navy and the Weather Channel have signed an agreement to jointly examine new ways to produce and present weather forecasts.

Under the agreement, announced June 6, the Weather Channel will have access to data from the Silicon Graphics Inc. Origin 3800 supercomputer at the Navy's Fleet Numerical Meteorology and Oceanography Center in Monterey, Calif.

Navy officials are interested in how Weather Channel meteorologists incorporate complex prediction models into decision-support materials, said Richard Spinrad, technical director of the Office of the Oceanographer of the Navy. They are also interested in the Weather Channel's graphical user interfaces.

Qwest to upgrade NASA network Qwest Communications International Inc. announced June 4 a five-year, $25 million contract with NASA to provide broadband technology for the agency's next-generation high- performance network.

The contract will extend the NASA Research and Education Network from five sites to eight, including NASA headquarters.

Compaq, BMC and Aprisma join forces Three companies announced June 5 a partnership focused on bringing integrated solutions to federal agencies.

Forming the alliance are BMC Software Inc., a provider of enterprise management tools, Compaq Computer Corp. and Aprisma Management Technologies, which specializes in service-level intelligent solutions.

The companies will deliver ServiceLevel/Rx, which combines BMC's Patrol enterprise management suite and Aprisma's Spectrum infrastructure management platform with design and implementation services from Compaq Global Services.

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