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Patricia Daukantas

Army lab plans 2,132-processor Linux cluster

The Army has ordered up a massive new Linux cluster for its most demanding weapons design and research projects.

Digital shuttle makes use of Web services

NASA Ames Research Center is combining visual imaging technology and Web services to create a virtual space shuttle.The Moffett Field, Calif., center is using Lattice3D software from Lattice Technology USA Inc. of Los Altos, Calif., for the Digital Shuttle Project. The knowledge management project combines 3-D engineering designs with metadata about changes made to the space shuttles over the past 23 years, so that the virtual orbiters reflect the way the shuttles were actually built.

Macromedia tailors online aid for agencies

On the heels of its recent acquisition of eHelp Corp., Macromedia Inc. is gearing eHelp's products to the government market.Among the products are the RoboHelp help-authoring tool, an online policy publisher called RoboInfo and a software demonstration product called RoboDemo.

With purchase of OctigaBay, Cray plans to build rackmount supercomputers

Cray Inc.'s $115 million purchase of start-up OctigaBay Systems Corp. of Vancouver, British Columbia, will serve customers at the lower end of the high-performance computing market, said Christopher Jehn, vice president of government programs for Cray of Seattle.

On the job

A customized tool lets course instructors and supervisors at the Army Research Institute for the Behavioral and Social Sciences design surveys that fit their own needs.

Popkin's System Architect follows federal EA model

The latest version of Popkin Software Inc.'s System Architect focuses on the visualization and publishing aspects of enterprise architectures.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Siren central

When forest fires scorch the West later this year, firefighting managers will use Web services to plan their moves.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Web app tracks N. Dakota lawmaking

During late-night debates or heated committee hearings, state legislators in North Dakota can use a new system to keep track of the latest bill amendments.

NGA rates geospatial tools for agencies

EarthWhere imagery software has won good marks from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Pathfinder 2004 program.The spatial data provisioning application from SANZ Inc. of Castle Rock, Colo., ranked in the top five of tools for still and motion imagery evaluated in the annual program.

Quantum's new dual tape library

A storage company that has been a major backer of the Super Digital Linear Tape format has an automated enterprise tape library for both SDLT and Linear Tape Open 2 formats.

State & Local

Western Kentucky schools filter Web content

Inappropriate content such as pornography won't reach the PCs used by thousands of students in western Kentucky.Most schools in the state's Region 1 are using content-filtering appliances from St. Bernard Software Inc. to screen out content that students are prohibited from seeing by the Children's Internet Protection Act of 2000.

OMB clarifies federal lines of business

Federal enterprise architecture officials this week will launch five line-of-business initiatives that reflect common agency processes.The fiscal 2004 and 2005 budget work clarified the common processes, said Robert Haycock, chief architect at the Office of Management and Budget. He spoke last week at the Open Source in Government conference in Washington.

NIH unifies its grants software under J2EE

The National Institutes of Health will upgrade its research grants application and processing system to an object-oriented architecture using Java2 Enterprise Edition.

Cybersecurity

Security appliance gets PKI certification

A security gateway from a Salt Lake City company has met the Defense Department's public-key infrastructure certification requirements.<br>

JFMIP certifies PeopleSoft 8.8 for government

The Joint Financial Management Improvement Program has certified PeopleSoft Enterprise Financial Management Solutions 8.8 as a core federal financial application.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Three agencies combine biotech regs on portal

Agricultural biotechnology regulations from three federal agencies have been brought together at a single portal. The site, usbiotechreg.nbii.gov, is a 'one-stop shop for people who are interested in regulation of biotechnology,' said Megan Thomas, a spokeswoman for the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

Cloud & Infrastructure

Find ready-made enterprise pieces at CORE.gov

Need a component for your agency's enterprise architecture? Check out <a href= "http://www.core.gov">www.core.gov</a>.CORE.gov, the new Federal Enterprise Architecture Component Organization and Registration Environment, will store existing components as well as those under development.

NASA taps Accenture for more IFMP work

NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center has contracted with Accenture Ltd. to continue development and maintenance services for the space agency's Integrated Financial Management Program.

VA offers IT buying services to agencies

Agencies can procure IT acquisition services through a new franchise program at the Veterans Affairs Department's Austin Automation Center in Austin, Texas.

Library of Congress plans new film, video portal

The Library of Congress will in the fall launch the first centralized database portal for motion pictures and video images.The portal will be 'a gateway to the world's moving-image collections,' said Gregory Lukow, assistant chief of the Library's Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division.