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Oct. 10, 2001
 
SUNY OSWEGO RECEIVES GRANT FOR
STATE-OF-THE-ART SOFTWARE PROJECT
OSWEGO -- SUNY Oswego has a received $389,205 grant to take part in a state-of-the-art computer software project to build next-generation systems.
The grant comes as a subcontract of a $3.3 million, 39-month initiative centered at Purdue University. Other participants in this international project include the University of Maryland, University of Glasgow and Tokyo Institute of Technology. Primary funding comes from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Program Composition for Embedded Systems program.
Doug Lea of the college's computer science department is directing the local portion of the project, which will develop Java-based infrastructure software ("middleware") that will enable construction of scalable real-time systems for avionics, multimedia, network services and other applications that require high reliability, performance and quality of service.
This middleware will be integrated with work at other sites building "OVM," a configurable, open-source Java virtual machine. The main goal of the project is to develop solutions to engineering problems that arise in creating "invisible" system software and middleware, which are becoming a ubiquitous part of daily life, according to Lea.
Among other support, this grant provides research assistantship opportunities for three computer science undergraduate students each year of the three-year project. These students will build and evaluate sample applications using the infrastructure software developed in this project. Performance and functionality testing will rely on servers donated by Sun Microsystems to the computer science department in related grants.
This grant contributes to SUNY Oswego's income for research and sponsored programs, which increased 52 percent to $3.3 million last year.
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