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Sunday, May 08, 2005

An Army BUFF's Dream
The U.S. Army is increasingly using battlefield sensors these days, from static ones which detect ground movements to unmanned aerial drones. This means that field commanders are overwhelmed by too much information. So the military started the BrUte Force Fusion (BUFF) program, which uses server and visualization systems from SGI, according to Military Information Technology.

In a lab located at Fort Huachuca, AZ, BUFF analyses 170,000 hourly intelligence reports or about 3 terabytes of data each day. The goal of the BUFF program is to reach the Level II of the data fusion hierarchy -- Level I occurs when a sensor is able to detect the movement of an object in a battle space while Level II blends data from multiple sensors.

Many scientists believe that reaching Level II will take two decades, but promoters of the BUFF program think they can do better. This overview contains other details and references.
:: posted by Roland Piquepaille, 4:23 PM Comments (0)
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