Major programs with NOAA

Weather service supercompute'NOAA recently accepted delivery of a weather supercomputer from IBM Corp. that can conduct 7.3 trillion floating-point operations per second. Under the nine-year, $224 million project, IBM will upgrade the system to a peak performance in excess of 100 TFLOPS by 2009.

Advanced digital infrastructure for Herbert C. Hoover Building'The department is installing a voice over IP system for data and voice communications at its Washington headquarters that requires installing 4,000 telephones. The project will consolidate 134 private branch exchange systems in the building.

International Trade Process Streamlining'Early last month, the department launched a portal that helps exporters gather information Commerce generates on domestic and foreign trade regulations and foreign business opportunities. The system eventually will guide exporters through the entire process of arranging an export transaction and seeking federal financing for it.

Patent and Trademark Office Strategic Plan'PTO has been rolling out progressively more automated systems for processing patents and trademarks, gradually eliminating paper steps. PTO recently unveiled a new patent processing system.

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