DISA certifies SGI Irix system under DII COE

DISA certifies SGI Irix system under DII COE

By Bill Murray

GCN Staff

Defense Information Systems Agency officials have certified a second Posix operating system under a program that promotes interoperability among command, control, communications, computers and intelligence applications.

DISA late last month validated the SGI Irix 6.5.3 operating system as compatible with Version 3.3 of the Defense Information Infrastructure's Common Operating Environment, DISA spokeswoman Betsy Flood said. Last September, DISA certified Compaq Tru64 Unix.

DISA's Kernel Platform Compliance Program assures Defense Department users of Unix that an OS meets DOD's common interoperability and security requirements, said Fritz Schulz, the program's manager. The Joint Interoperability Test Command at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., conducts COE compliance product reviews.

SGI estimates that it spent $1 million over two years to gain the COE certification for Irix running on the company's Origin 200 server and its Silicon Graphics O2 workstation, said John Burwell, SGI's marketing director for intelligence and defense.

Vendors usually put out three or four versions of their products during a two-year period, which makes the version that's validated somewhat obsolete after a long certification process, he said.

Find a method

It is important for DISA officials to 'figure out a methodology that allows us to conform to government standards while keeping on top of technology change,' he said.

If DISA does not speed up the certification process, Burwell predicted, more DOD program managers will request waivers from the requirement that their systems use COE-compliant software.

Information about certification can be found at diicoe.disa.mil/coe/kpc/KernelPlatformProgram.htm.

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