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DoD working on software bandwidth guidelines

Aug. 14, 2014 - 06:00AM   |  
By ANDY MEDICI   |   Comments
Terry Halvorsen wants to reduce bandwidth use.
Terry Halvorsen wants to reduce bandwidth use. (Navy)

The Defense Department’s move to software defined networks will bring with it a set of code-writing guidelines for contractors, acting chief information officer Terry Halvorsen said Aug. 13.

Speaking at the 2014 Federal Forum in Washington, D.C., Halvrosen said that the department was working on standards that includes an emphasis on keeping bandwidth requirements low, especially for operating in environments where it might be scarce.

“We are going to do that—to put some harsher standards that say if you are going to develop software for us you must develop it to require the minimum bandwidth possible to operate,” Halvorsen said.

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He said while it wouldn’t be a “hard and fast rule” because low bandwidth use is not possible all the time, but it’s something he wants every developer to start thinking about.

Software using less bandwidth won’t just be a help in areas of the world with limited bandwidth capacity but will do well in the United States, where parts of the DoD network are already saturated with traffic, Halvorsen said.

“Any time I can get software that can reduce bandwidth use that’s a goodness for us,” Halvorsen said.

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