Report of tbe Defense Science Board Task Force on Open Systems
DEFENSE SCIENCE BOARD WASHINGTON DC
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We know from our computing, telecommunications, electronic entertainment, and local building codes the power of smart modularity. Open Plug Play architectures computers, a well-wired home, stereo systems permit us to configure, reconfigure and update hardware and software from a wide range of general purpose and specialty suppliers. Wide interchangeability permits niche products to address many diverse user communities, creating a large aggregate market and fueling massive private investment, enabling a plethora of Commercial Off The Shelf COTS products at previously unimagined low costs. In parallel, a new networking industry has sprung up, enabling broad interoperability between hosts which are not otherwise necessarily compatible. Thus our economy and culture has been revolutionized within a couple short decades and our institutions and citizens have achieved a quantum leap in operations, competitiveness, and effectiveness.
- Computer Programming and Software