High-Performance Content-based Routing Network for Joint Battlespace Infosphere Applications

Period of Performance: 05/02/2002 - 02/02/2003


Phase 1 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Semandex Networks, Inc.
5 Independence Way, Suite 309
Princeton, NJ 08540
Principal Investigator


All DoD organizations handling mission-critical information are facing intense pressures to avoid costly, dangerous and potentially fatal "information breaks". Semandex Networks has assembled a team of experts in distributed computing and network software to pioneer a new category of information-distribution infrastructure based on the extensible Markup Language (XML) standard. The system automatically knows where content is and to which decision-makers it needs to be delivered, dramatically reducing the occurrence of information breaks. A hierarchy of edge and core routers can be interconnected to ensure scalable, accurate, and timely information delivery, in a manner that could not otherwise be economically or technically realized. Semandex has completed the development of its edge router, and is now considering the challenges of building a high-speed core router capable of handling the aggregated traffic volume of several edge routers and high-speed data feeds. It is the objective of this Phase I SBIR to determine the feasibility of constructing a high-speed content router for time-critical C2 data and to demonstrate its architectural suitability to handle global information-intensive applications within the Air Force's Joint Battlespace Infosphere (JBI). Real-time content delivery is a requirement for applications in the financial, manufacturing, energy, corporate enterprise, government and military sectors. In all these segments, although there is a vast mass of data being generated, too little information arrives at the right place at the right time. Applications of Semandex content routing include targeted distribution of relevant content from news, market and operational data feeds, file and data sharing by content, and content-based instant messaging. Taken together, these applications create a new Intranet/Internet service category, which we call the "Virtual Content Network (VCN)". Market analysts predict that within the next five years more than 80% of enterprises will have implemented content-aware services for business networks to integrate information assets inside and outside the enterprise. However, the key to the success of these networks will be their ability to handle large volumes of traffic in a robust, scalable architecture, for which further research must be undertaken. Because of its single, non-proprietary representation, XML offers a unique opportunity to integrate and fuse information from different sources. Military standards for XML data are already being developed, and XML-based delivery systems will become the means to collect and disseminate mission-critical information. A worldwide, federated XML-based content routing network will not only reduce the deployment time and cost of ownership of JBI systems, but will also provide opportunities to enhance strategic mission-critical applications and will enable the vision of a Common Relevant Operation Picture (CROP) to be realized.