Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


IV.G.02. Protocol Specifications for Digital Communications on the Battlefield. Through research in executable protocol specifications, create methods for implementing specifications in the IEEE/ANSI/DOD/FIPS approved hardware description language known as VHSIC Hardware Description Language (VHDL). Research and test various narrow band (e.g., Mobile Subscriber Equipment) and broadband ISDN [e.g., Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM)] switches. The implementation will be an unambiguous, validatable, and simulation capable description of the interface which can be tested as software. Once described in the hardware description language, the specification can be used to automatically generate hardware using commercially available CAD tools. The resulting hardware is guaranteed to comply with the original specifications because it was derived from the description language. The procedure will be verified using existing military and commercial standards. By FY95, complete a model to describe the All Digital Tactical-to-Strategic Gateway, MIL-STD-188-105. By FY96, further demonstrate the hardware description model by testing the newly emerging ATM standard in conjunction with DISA. By FY97, demonstrate the capability of VHDL to generate hardware by creating hardware implementation. By FY98, demonstrate interoperability of dissimilar COTS/GOTS ATM equipment on the battlefield.

Supports: CAC2 ATD, Digitization of the Battlefield.

STO Manager: TSO: TRADOC POC:
John Gowens Catherine Kominos Tom Mims
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