Accession Number : ADP003581

Title :   Architecture, Hardware and Software Issues in Fielding the Next Generation DoD Processors,


Personal Author(s) : Golubjatnikov,O.

Report Date : NOV 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 27

Abstract : Programmable hardware will be pervasive in DOD misison-critical embedded computer systems exploiting technology advances to meet unsatisfied needs. The embedded processors are absolutely critical in maintaining the superiority of our mission-critical systems and weapons. They provide a major advantage for mission-critical system performance and operational readiness. There are, however, major obstacles to achieving these advantages. Commercial computer architectures and implementations are constrained by market considerations while military computers and custom-designed processors generally lack comprehensive software environments and are deficient in field upgradeability and support and have high life-cycle costs. The proliferation of computer types has aggravated the explosive DOD software cost growth. DOD is providing major processing architecture, hardware and software initiatives for fielding the next generation processors in support of their mission-critical systems to overcome these problems, to contain the explsoive software cost growth and to more fully exploit the computer advantage. The paper examines the major architectural, software and hardware issues associated with the development of the next generation DOD processors. The impact of DOD mission-critical computer (MCC) architecture, hardware, software and policy initiatives on the Army MCF, the Navy TECR and EMSP, and the Air Force MIL-STD-1750 and MIL-STD-1862 processors is explored in a comparative manner. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Data processing equipment, *Computer applications, Department of Defense, Embedding, Missions, Criticality(General), Computer architecture, Computer programming

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE