October 30, 2007 — OpCoast presents at the 2007 MILCOM conference
Drs. David Rhodes, Benjamin Epstein of OpCoast, and Dr. Barry Perlman of US Army RDECOM/CERDEC presented a paper entitled Scalable Urban Network Simulation (SUNS) at the IEEE MILCOM 2007 conference. As part of the overall effort entitled Exploiting HPC for An Operationally Relevant Physics-based Environment for Urban Operations sponsored by the DoD’s High Performance Computing Modernization Program, the SUNS effort adds scene-specific realistic network and RF propagation models in a complex urban environment. SUNS is built in part by using OPNET Modeler to provide an accurate communication effects simulation service, in particular the OneSAF tactical simulator. A similar presentation was made in August at the 2007 OPNETwork annual conference held in Washington DC, although that focused more on OPNET pertinent aspects. This paper is available in our papers section of the website.
June 20, 2007 — OpCoast presents at the DoD’s High Performance Computing Modernization User Group Conference
Drs. David Rhodes, Benjamin Epstein of OpCoast, and Dr. Barry Perlman of US Army RDECOM/CERDEC presented their parallel computing effort entitled Scalable Urban Networking Simulation (SUNS). As part of the overall effort entitled Exploiting HPC for An Operationally Relevant Physics-based Environment for Urban Operations sponsored by the DoD&rsqou;s High Performance Computing Modernization Program, the SUNS effort adds scene-specific realistic network and RF propagation models in a complex urban environment. SUNS provides an accurate communication effects simulation services, in particular the OneSAF tactical simulator. This presentation focused on user level applicability. Related papers were presented at MILCOM 2007 and OPNETwork 2007.
January 2, 2007 — OpCoast awarded another key Internet routing patent
OpCoast was awarded US Patent #7,158,486, entitled Method and system for fast computation of routes under multiple network states with communication continuation on January 2, 2007. This patent describes an efficient method for computing all routing paths in networks in which link states are subject to variations, including failure. Such a mechanism can be used in routing techniques wherein there exists a need for computing multiple routes or when quick failure reaction is necessary.
May 30, 2006 — OpCoast awarded key Internet routing patent
OpCoast was awarded US Patent #7,054,948 entitled Collaborative Host Masquerading System. This patent defines the underpinnings for OpCoast’s NetFunnel technology, a system that aims to alleviate the problems that arise due to intermittent congestion on the Internet and smaller closed communications networks. By providing a means for fast, explicit re-routing across wide area networks, without the need for core Internet or end-user changes, NetFunnel technology provides a practical means for content providers to reliably deliver audio, video/Internet TV, VoIP, web sessions, file and other forms of data transfer. According to Dr. Rhodes, OpCoast founder and inventor, “Real time, dynamic content delivery over the Internet is now possible through NetFunnel techniques. The system will be especially useful to any content provider or messaging based service that needs smooth, uninterrupted data delivery over what are inherently intermittent networks. We believe that NetFunnel can greatly reduce jitter and intermittent dropouts.”
The system will also provide improved control and more reliable data delivery for companies with large data sources by eliminating pre-caching at external sites that are near the network edge and user. Instead, NetFunnel provides a fully dynamic means for delivering data from sources via multiple routing points throughout the Internet; this allows fully server side dynamic content and keeps content distribution control local.
December 19, 2005 — OpCoast wins Army SBIR
OpCoast wins an Army RDECOM/CERDEC, Fort Monmouth, NJ Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase I award. The proposed effort will focus on the disruption of networks using powerful optimization and co-design approaches. Denial of the adversary’s network will be conducted in conjunction with goals that reflect minimization of the adverse impact to friendly communications and networks. Sensor and jammer costs in terms of mobility, availability and resource contention are included in the effort. The effort will provide a significant step up from jamming of particular communications devices to systemic denial of adversary networks.
October 18, 2005 — OpCoast presents at IEEE MILCOM 2005
OpCoast presents a restricted-access paper on the modeling of the Army’s Future Force Warrior (FFW) information management layer. This work was presented as part of the classified session at MILCOM 2005 at the FAA. It describes methods used to develop a network level model for wireless radio nodes equipped with FFW’s IM system software. The paper was co-authored by General Dynamics Robotics Systems and OpCoast personnel.
August 23, 2005 — OpCoast presents at OPNETWORK 2005
OpCoast presents a key paper describing the modeling of a complex information management layer over ad hoc networks for the Army’s Future Force Warrior (FFW) program. This work was presented as part of the classified session at OPNETWORK 2005 in the Pentagon. The paper was co-authored by General Dynamics Robotics Systems and OpCoast personnel.
July 27, 2005 — OpCoast presents at the Summer Simulation Conference
OpCoast personnel present two papers at the Society for Computer Simulation (SCS) Summer Simulation Conference. The papers were written and presented by Drs. Epstein and Rhodes and each involved the use of task graph scheduling for system analysis. The first paper, entitled “TaskWare – A New Tool for Task Scheduling for Distributed System Design”, discusses our TaskWare technology. The second entitled “Task Graph Analysis of Security Approaches for Heterogeneous Platforms”, discusses the use of task scheduling to assess security approaches.
February 22, 2005 — OpCoast founder awarded patent
OpCoast founder, Dr. David Rhodes, recieves US patent #6,859,861 entitled Space Division within Computer Branch Memories. From the abstract: Cache memory structures are arranged to alleviate the continually increasing memory latency or delay problem caused by the ever increasing speed of computer processors. In these memory structures, a plurality of separate and independent memory branches are extended from a common bus that passes from a hierarchical level immediately above the processor. Each memory branch is initiated with a cache memory unit and ascends hierarchically to the main memory. Other intermediate cache memory units may be disposed in the branches between the initial cache memory unit and the main memory. Unbalanced memory space division may be applied to the intermediate cache memory units to alleviate the memory latency or delay problem still further.
November 4, 2004 — OpCoast completes Phase 1 of the Navy SPAWAR SBIR
OpCoast completes Phase 1 of the Navy SPAWAR SBIR entitled Task Scheduling for Distributed System Design by developing TaskWare™. TaskWare is an evolving tool set for software system analysis, optimization and design. The application of task modeling makes TaskWare particularly well suited for the analysis of large-scale distributed software systems, resulting in faster, more reliable designs. While other existing tools operate well at particular stages in the computing system development cycle, such as at the target-system code-generation phase, TaskWare provides early- and late-stage tools for the development process. By providing analytical assessment of various design implementation choices prior to any code implementation, TaskWare provides the feedback necessary to make and guide critical, high cost impact, early-stage implementation choices. Later in the development cycle, TaskWare addresses the problem of system deployment by optimally allocating processing tasks to processing elements.
May 19, 2004 — High-Performance Computing (HPC) application for the multi-intelligence community
OpCoast presents High-Performance Computing applications for the military “multi-intelligence” community. Sponsored by the Institute for Defense and Government Advancement, the Multi-INT: Support to the Warfighter conference was held May 18-19, 2004 at the Crowne Plaza Washington National Airport, Arlington, VA