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PARAMAX DEMONSTRATES INTEROPERABILITY OF SOFTWARE REUSE LIBRARY

 MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 28 /PRNewswire/ -- Paramax Systems Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS), announced that it has successfully demonstrated system interoperability between the U.S. Air Force's CARDS (Central Archive for Reusable Defense Software) library, located in Fairmont, W.Va., and ASSET (Asset Source for Software Engineering Technology), located in Morgantown, W. Va. This interoperability demonstration is an important first step toward a national network of software libraries. Future activities will include the Defense Information Systems Agency's Defense Software Repository System in the network of interoperable libraries.
 Paramax is prime contractor for the CARDS program through its Information Systems division in Reston, Va. Subcontractors include Electronic Warfare Associates, Inc., Vienna, Va.; DSD Laboratories, Inc., Sudbury, Mass.; and Valley Forge Labs (Paramax), Paoli, Pa. Other program participants are Azimuth, Inc.; Galaxy Global; DN American; and Strictly Business Computer Systems, Inc., all of West Virginia.
 CARDS is a U.S. Air Force software development program that supplies technical expertise in the field of domain-specific, library-assisted software reuse. While ASSET is a DARPA-sponsored program to build and maintain a repository of software engineering products, CARDS has developed a domain-specific reuse library initially oriented around command centers.
 By reusing software code and related life cycle products, CARDS can save the military hundreds of hours of programming time, as well as a substantial amount of scarce budget-related dollars. More importantly, however, the CARDS facility provides the Air Force with a repository of assets that can be used to satisfy future requirements for both fixed- and rapid-deployable command centers.
 This multi-million dollar, five-phase contract began in January 1991 and is dedicated to the Department of Defense's vision and strategy for adopting reuse into software development processes. "The team established in 1991 will continue to develop the CARDS library concept for the U.S. Air Force," says William C. Hill, the Paramax site manager at Fairmont. "Each of us has specific tasks assigned in this ongoing development program, and we are ready as a team to satisfy the requirements of the Air Force."
 The goal of the CARDS facility is twofold: to develop a domain- specific reuse repository, based on generic architecture and system models, of software code and related life cycle products that deals with command centers; and to build a blueprint, transferable to any organization, to assist in the adoption of software reuse techniques. "This domain-specific, architecture-based aspect of the program makes the work unique from other related software reuse efforts," Hill emphasizes. "No longer will the Air Force need to reinvent the wheel each time a new command center is created."
 In the future, CARDS can provide interested organizations with educational guidelines for implementing domain-specific, library- assisted reuse through Acquisition Handbooks, Tool and Component Developer Handbooks, Engineer Handbooks, Direction Level Handbooks, and Management and Technical Level Training Courses. In addition, CARDS will provide domain engineers with an implementation framework for reuse libraries in their domain of interest, as well as guide application developers through the selection of alternative components based on generic architectures.
 In addition to this recent interoperability demonstration, CARDS -- along with the AdaNET Repository, ASSET and West Virginia University -- sponsored a Reuse Education Workshop designed to identify and outline the education and training necessary for software reuse to become an integral part of software engineering. The keynote speaker was Lloyd Mosemann, deputy assistant secretary for Communications, Computers and Logistics, for the U.S. Air Force.
 Paramax Systems Corporation, headquartered in McLean, is a $2 billion information systems company with 16,000 employees. A subsidiary of Unisys Corporation, Blue Bell, Pa., Paramax is an experienced leader in providing advanced integrated systems, electronic products and related professional services for civil and defense agencies in the United States, Canada and nations worldwide.
 Unisys Corporation is a leading information systems company with 60,000 customers in more than 100 countries. The company is a leading manufacturer of commercial information systems, defense systems and related services.
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