of Defense Information Network (DoDIN) sources. It is the
underlying architecture supporting the Cyber Situational
Awareness Analytic Capabilities (CSAAC). This set of widgets, analytics, ingest code and data structures provides the
department’s broadest and most comprehensive view of
DoDIN activity to date. The BDP update will give operators
the ability to carve out mission-focused data sets within the
existing solution and run custom analytics against the specified data.
The major benefit, Mihelcic says, is the ability to take commercially developed analytics, or those that are written on the
fly by field operators, and run them against some or all of the
data without having to interact with the purpose-built and
certified core analytics. “We’re about to see quantum leaps in
our ability to rapidly develop, deploy and utilize analytics for
[CSAAC],” he says.
“This addition to the BDP architecture will allow users to
identify new cyberthreats in a much timelier manner moving
forward,” adds Bob Landreth, the BDP program manager.
Whole Lot of Cyber Going On
The U.S. Army wants to distinguish between several like-sounding cyber initiatives—Cyber Blitz, Cyber Quest and
Cyber Innovation Challenge—which are linked but distinct
exercises, officials say.
The three share goals of assessing prototypes, validating
concepts and informing future requirements for capabilities—
particularly from commercial enterprises—that will let soldiers
prevail against cyberthreats.
“We have to understand what is already out there,” says
Portia Crowe, director of cyber operations at the Army
Program Executive Office for Command, Control and
Communications-Tactical. “There’s a lot of capability that
industry has, and it may not be specific to the Army, but
we can tweak it and adapt it to what we really need it to be.
So every cyber experiment we do puts us leaps and bounds
ahead of where we would be if we had to develop these
capabilities on our own.”
One of the three is the Cyber Blitz, which is executed by the
Army science and technology community, in particular, the
Communications-Electronics Research, Development and
Engineering Center (CERDEC) Space and Terrestrial Commu-
nications Directorate. The invitation-only exercise, expected
to be held twice a year, addresses how the Army adapts the
physical construct of the main command post and interactions
between different staff members to complete cyber and electro-
magnetic activities, officials highlight.
Another is the Cyber Quest, which is performed by the
Army’s training and doctrine community, specifically, the
Cyber Center of Excellence (CoE). It provides a rigorous, integrated operational setting to evaluate technology solutions that
have achieved a midtier readiness-level status. Soldiers conducted the first event in July at Fort Gordon, Georgia, and the
Army plans to hold the exercise annually.
The third is the Cyber Innovation Challenge, which is car-
ried out by the Cyber Focal Office of the Assistant Secretary of
the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, in part-
nership with the Army Cyber Command and the Cyber CoE.
It taps small and nontraditional defense contractors to rapidly
evaluate, procure and deliver limited-quantity prototypes to
cyber soldiers, officials explain. The Army intends to hold sev-
eral Innovation Challenges a year.
China dominates the latest TOP500 list of the world’s most powerful supercomputers released at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC16) in Frankfurt, Germany. China now has
the two top-ranked systems on the list and, for the first
time, more high-performance computing systems on
the TOP500 than the United States.
The latest list marks the first time since the incep-
tion of the TOP500 in 1993 that the United States is
not home to the largest number of supercomputing
Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory’s Sequoia,
a 20 petaflop/s (quadrillion operations per second)
IBM Blue gene Q system, dropped to No. 4, just below
Titan, the 27 petaflop/s Cray XK7 system at Oak Ridge
National Laboratory. With a surge in industrial and
research installations registered over the last few years,
China leads with 167 systems, and the United States is
second with 165.
Sunway TaihuLight is the new No. 1 system, with
93 petaflop/s on the industry standard LINPACK
benchmark. Developed by the National Research Cen-
ter of Parallel Computer Engineering & Technology
(NRCPC) and installed at the National Supercom-
puting Center in Wuxi, Sunway TaihuLight displaces
Tianhe- 2, an Intel-based Chinese supercomputer that
has claimed the top spot on the past six TOP500 lists.
However, unlike the Tianhe- 2, which uses Intel pro-
cessors, the Sunway TaihuLight system is built entirely
using processors designed and made in China.
To see the TOP500 list, visit www.top500.org/
China Snatches Lead
shows the general
architecture of the
system, now the
fastest in the world.