April 8, 2005

Intel Adds Steam to Navy Open Source R&D Program

jmw writes "Washington, DC â Thursday, April 7, 2005 â The Open Source Software Institute (OSSI) announced today that Intel Corporation has added their support to the open source research and development effort currently underway between OSSI and the U.S. Navy.

The program is part of a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) between OSSI (www.oss-institute.org) and the Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (CNMOC). The three-year joint R&D program will match Navy and industry expertise in order to identify, document and facilitate the transition of open source solutions into selected Naval enterprise architecture environments and web services programs. Additionally, OSSI and Naval personnel will conduct economic analysis and business case studies on the Navy's adoption and migration to open source solutions.

âThe involvement of major corporate players, like Intel, demonstrates to the Navy the level of confidence, commitment and adoption the IT industry has to open source software,â said OSSI Executive Director, John Weathersby. âOpen source already plays an important role within many Navy systems. There is, however, an adoption curve that we hope to lessen by providing collaborative access to the industry's best technological assets and experience with strategic business practices that will enable the Navy to fully leverage their usage of open source throughout their enterprise.â

OSSI is a non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the development and implementation of open source software solutions within government and academic environments. Intel is a corporate member and sponsor of the open source advocacy organization.

As participating members of the OSSI CRADA team, the corporate giant will provide financial support, technical expertise, personnel and access to industry resources such as research laboratories and equipment.

During the CRADA kick-off meeting late last month, OSSI announced other participating OSSI CRADA Team members including: Red Hat, Black Duck Software, Syracuse University and the University of Southern Mississippi. A representative of Red Hat is serving as the Program Manager for the OSSI CRADA Team.

The CRADA is the second such project between OSSI and the Navy. The initial CRADA was conducted between 2001 and 2004 and enabled the Navy to identify and document extensive usage of open source applications within their enterprise systems. Intel was also a primary OSSI sponsor of the first CRADA effort.

Additional information on OSSI's CRADA efforts and copies of the initial CRADA reports are available on the OSSI web site (http://www.oss-institute.org/ )under the heading âPrograms with the U.S. Navy.â

About Intel Corporation

Intel, the world's largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.

Intel is a trademark or registered trademark of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

About the Open Source Software Institute

The Open Source Software Institute is a non-profit (501 c 6) organization whose mission is to promote the development and implementation of open source software solutions within U.S. federal, state and municipal government agencies and academic entities. Information on OSSI activities, and a results briefing on the initial Navy CRADA can be found on the OSSI website at: http://oss-institute.org/ .

About CNMOC

Commander, Naval Meteorology and Oceanography Command (http://pao.cnmoc.navy.mil/)

is a third echelon operational command reporting to Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (http://www.cffc.navy.mil/).

The Command is aligned to and focused on the Navyâs five warfighting disciplines -- Anti-Submarine Warfare; Special Warfare; Mine Warfare; Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance; and Fleet Operations (Strike and Expeditionary) -- as well as the following warfighting support disciplines: Navigation, Precise Time and Astrometry, Maritime Operations and Aviation Operations.

The commandâs personnel are located at its headquarters at the John C. Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, and at several field activities located around the world.

Contact Information:

John Weathersby, Executive Director

Open Source Software Institute

jmw@oss-institute.org

Tel: 601.427.0152"

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