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FCW : September 15, 2014
September 15, 2014 FCW.COM 7 David Bennett, CIO of the Defense Infor- mation Systems Agency, has declared war on “box huggers.” Bennett is responsible for moving Defense Department customers to enterprisewide services, including the email system that supports 1.6 million users on an unclassified network. But in his experience, attachment to physical products is hard to shake. “Everybody has this per- spective that the only way I can get the capability is if I build it myself, if I have the box sitting under my desk, and the only way you’re going to get that box out from under my desk is to tear it out of my hands when I’m dead,” Bennett said at an industry event hosted by FedScoop. He said he is on a mission to “shut down all these local mom-and-pop solu- tions that are popping up everywhere.” The other big cultural shift is moving to standard solutions. “We can’t afford to do one-off scenarios any more,” he said, and IT professionals have to resist the idea of adding features to satisfy a few users. “Standardization is a viable way to give the common environment that everyone should be able to leverage because the one-off scenarios are what cost you time and money, not only to develop it but also to maintain it,” Bennett said. He added that in a time of shrinking budgets, it is impor- tant for users — at least on the business side of DOD — to adapt the way they work. “The end users will say, ‘I can’t use that standard because my business pro- cesses don’t support that.’ My perspec- tive is: Get over it,” Bennett said. His advice is to see what a commercial solu- tion can do out of the box, without any modification or customization. “That step alone saves huge amounts of time and energy.” — Adam Mazmanian DISA’s Bennett preaches COTS and consolidation INK TANK The Energy Department’s high-perfor- mance computing prodigies are pool- ing their number-crunching capabilities to provide what they hope will be the most complete climate and Earth sys- tem models to date. Among those models would be the first fully coupled global simulation to include dynamic ice shelf/ocean interac- tions that could help explain potential instabilities of the marine ice sheets around Antarctica, according to offi- cials at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, one of the labs involved in the project. The Accelerated Climate Modeling for Energy (ACME) project is sponsored by the Earth System Modeling program at DOE, with initial funding provided by the agency’s Office of Science. Eight national laboratories — Law- rence Livermore, Argonne, Brookhaven, Lawrence Berkeley, Los Alamos, Oak Ridge, Pacific Northwest and Sandia — will work with the National Center for Atmospheric Research, four academic institutions and a private-sector com- pany on the effort. The group of labs called ACME’s work unprecedented in its scope and its harnessing of DOE’s high-performance computing assets. Officials at Lawrence Livermore said the labs will conduct simulations and modeling on the most sophisticated machines as they become available. Officials have their eyes on 100-plus pet- aflop machines and, eventually, exascale supercomputers, which are capable of 1,000 petaflops. Some industry experts have predicted that the first exascale systems will come online in 2018. ACME’s initial focus will be three cli- mate change drivers: water cycle, bio- geochemistry and cryosphere systems. — Mark Rockwell National labs go big on climate modeling of unpaid social media posts generate little to no engagement, a SocialFlow analysis found 99% Trending David Bennett
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