Friday, February 01, 2008

Sandia's Jess 7.1a3 rule engine selected by Lockheed Martin for Navy's DDG 1000 destroyer ship

It's great to see public announcements like this, as it helps demonstrate that there is real value to using and deploying expert systems - far too many interesting projects are kept secret. Congratulations Ernest.

Sandia's Jess 7.1a3 rule engine selected by Lockheed Martin for Navy's DDG 1000 destroyer ship

"Sandia is a National Nuclear Security Administration laboratory.

The Navy’s DDG 1000 is a multi-mission, maritime fleet of destroyer ships. It includes a number of advanced technologies and features, including an integrated power system, dual band radar, integrated undersea warfare system, and advanced gun system. Among other intended uses, Jess will help the DDG 1000 ship domain controller with its alarm management function and reasoning about ship system states for safe operation."

4 comments:

  1. Here is a well known secret. All government and military agencies get to use JESS for free. There isn't a military branch that isn't using JESS. Most government branches using rules are using JESS. JESS is much more popular than most people realize :)

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  2. As I understand it, JESS is free for government use, but commercial firms have to pay a (non-trivial) license fee. So, in this case, a commercial firm (Lockheed) is developing a JESS-based system for use by the government. So would there be a one-time license fee and then no license fees for the end users?

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  3. Sandia (producer of Jess) is a fully owned subsidiary of Lockheed Martin. So is Lockheed really paying for Jess? ;-\

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  4. The money side is less interesting, but the fact that expert systems are being used in such a high profile project is interesting, and helps promote the use of expert systems in broader sense.

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