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Innovative Ways to Shorten System Level Simulation Integration Time


TECHNOLOGY AREA(S): Information Systems


OBJECTIVE: Provide the government with a set of capabilities that significantly reduces the time and effort associated with integrating complex system simulations.


DESCRIPTION: As missile defense simulations become more complex, integration efforts also become increasingly more complex, resulting in significantly increased software integration times. Further increased software complexities are present within a distributed simulation enterprise. Missile defense simulations would benefit from new and innovative advances in technology and processes in order to shorten system-level-simulation integration time.

The capabilities developed under this topic should incorporate innovative software development technologies to create a robust set of enterprise-level tools and techniques to overcome system-level integration challenges. While traditional software and hardware development technologies focus on integration challenges within one team or sets of teams, this topic seeks to address the challenges associated with multi-organizational, enterprise-wide sets of system integration challenges. These requirements necessitate an entirely new way of accomplishing system level integration of simulations. To accomplish this, new research in enterprise level integration solutions are required.

Research and technology focus areas include:

  • Methods to shorten integration time by identifying and mitigating integration bottlenecks
  • Increasing software development efficiencies associated with complex system integrations
  • Increasing effectiveness of cross-organizational simulation development and integration


PHASE I: Develop a design and a concept of operations. The design will capture the key areas where new development is needed, suggest appropriate methods and technologies to realize the design based on the research performed, and incorporate new technologies researched during design development. The contractor should identify the strengths/weaknesses associated with different solutions, methods and concepts.


PHASE II: Based upon the findings from Phase I, the contractor will complete a detailed prototype design incorporating government performance requirements. The contractor will coordinate with the government during prototype design and development to ensure that the delivered products will be relevant to ongoing and planned missile defense projects. This prototype design will be used to form the development and implementation of a mature, full-scale capability in Phase III.


PHASE III DUAL USE APPLICATIONS: Scale-up the capability from the prototype utilizing the new hardware and/or software technologies developed in Phase II into a mature, fieldable capability. Deploy the fully tested, verified, and validated missile defense capability.


COMMERCIALIZATION: The proposals should show how the innovation has benefits to both commercial and defense applications. The projected benefits of the innovation should be clear, whether they improve development time, reduce cost, or improve the producibility or performance of products that utilize the innovative technology. This technology could be leveraged in industries where increasingly complex systems are built and tested in a distributed fashion. Examples include automotive industries, NASA, and other aerospace industries.


KEYWORDS: System of Systems Simulations, Software Integration, Software Development Testing, Network Testing, Simulation Testing, Distributed Test Assets

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