Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

2. MPP and Neural Network Programming (Germany)

Description: Massively Parallel Processing (MPP) and neural network programming could be applied to numerous applications covered by ASTMP milestones and objectives in each of the 10 science and technology areas. Simulation and modeling are examples of applications requiring the computing speed and power (data crunching capacity) offered by MPP techniques, while neural network programming may be more useful in the development of decision aids. Only a few countries pose the supporting infrastructure necessary for major research and development in these technologies. World leaders include the United States, Japan, Germany, and to a lesser extent the United Kingdom and France.

Justification: MPP and neural network programming are important aspects of the Army's electronic battlefield (EBF) concept. MPP will contribute significantly to simulation and virtual reality components of the EBF.

Implementation: An active DEA exists with Germany.


Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
e-mail: [email protected]


Mr. Stephen Cohn
Army Research Laboratory
2800 Powder Mill Road
Adelphi, MD 20783-1197
e-mail: [email protected]