Accession Number : ADA358287


Title :   Report of tbe Defense Science Board Task Force on Open Systems


Descriptive Note : Final rept.


Corporate Author : DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA358287


Report Date : OCT 1998


Pagination or Media Count : 123


Abstract : We know from our computing, telecommunications, electronic entertainment, and local building codes the power of smart modularity. Open "Plug & Play" architectures (computers, a well-wired home, stereo systems) permit us to configure, reconfigure and update hardware and software from a wide range of general purpose and specialty suppliers. Wide interchangeability permits niche products to address many diverse user communities, creating a large aggregate market and fueling massive private investment, enabling a plethora of Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) products at previously unimagined low costs. In parallel, a new networking industry has sprung up, enabling broad interoperability between hosts which are not otherwise necessarily compatible. Thus our economy and culture has been revolutionized within a couple short decades and our institutions and citizens have achieved a quantum leap in operations, competitiveness, and effectiveness.


Descriptors :   *COMPUTER PROGRAMS , *INTEROPERABILITY , *MODULAR CONSTRUCTION , ELECTRONICS , INDUSTRIES , MARKETING , INVESTMENTS , COMMUNITIES , LOW COSTS , COMPUTERS , USER NEEDS , TELECOMMUNICATIONS , PLUGS.


Subject Categories : COMPUTER PROGRAMMING AND SOFTWARE


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE