Accession Number : ADA132030

Title :   Avionics Software: Where Are We?,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Personal Author(s) : Ware,Willis H

PDF Url : ADA132030

Report Date : Sep 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : Since the digital computer first flew in an avionics system 25 years ago, the art has progressed from small very slow vacuum tube machines with limited memory to fast chip-based machines that not only do sensor processing but also integrate a variety of data sources into many capabilities--among others, navigation, sophisticated weapons delivery, programmed menu-displays to the air crew. As onboard computer hardware has proliferated, software inescapably has also. From a few hundreds of program words at the beginning, flight software is commonly many tens-of-thousands of words; frequently, a few hundred thousands; and in some cases, even a million. Thus, implementation and management of software resources has become a major problem area for military services. The paper explores dimensions of the issues as it now exists, suggests many positive actions under way, and proposes a direction in which the future may well move. It concludes that software will continue to be troublesome; progress will come slowly. (author)

Descriptors :   *Computer programming, *Avionics, Information processing, Automation, Information systems, Aircraft equipment, Aircraft defense systems, Technology forecasting, Technology transfer, Electronic equipment, Computer applications, Computers, Microprocessors, Computer programs, State of the art

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Computer Programming and Software
      Computer Hardware

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE