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A software tool developed by Michael Aftomis and John Melton of NASA Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif., and Marsha Berger of New York University's Courant Institute has won NASA's Software of the Year award.

Cart3D, an automated aerodynamic simulation tool used for conceptual and preliminary analyses of aerospace vehicles, is the result of 10 years of R&D. The application adds a high level of automation to the analysis process, the researchers said.

Meanwhile, the space agency has given its NASA Honor Award for Group Achievement to an Ames Research Center and SGI team that developed a 1,024-processor SGI Origin 3800, the world's largest single-system-image supercomputer. The SSI system uses one operating system to control its processors, single shared memory and input/output system.

The team spent five years developing the Origin 3800, said John Ziebarth, chief of NASA's Advanced Supercomputing Division.

Stephen M. Wallace, who most recently served as director of the Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization Office at the Defense Information Systems Agency, has joined Optimus Corp. of Silver Spring, Md. He takes over as director of business development for the company's services division.

Laura Walker of the Federal Reserve System has joined the board of directors of Oasis, a consortium promoting the interoperability of Extensible Markup Language. Oasis, an acronym for Organization for the Advancement of Structures Information Standards, is a nonprofit group primarily made up of industry representatives. It promotes standards for Web services, electronic security and other applications.

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