More than 400 engineers, technologists, customers and suppliers from across the
country gathered outside of Boston in April for the first Information Systems and
Computing (ISaC) Symposium. Formerly the Processing Systems and Software
Systems Technology Networks, the two networks combined last year to form the new ISaC
Technology Network (TN). This event, like the other TN symposia, provided a unique opportunity
for Raytheon employees to come together to share their knowledge and experiences
in a very tangible way, bring that shared knowledge back home with them, and use it to
develop even better products, services and solutions for our customers.
As the defense environment changes, so the Raytheon Technology Networks continue to
adapt to meet ever-changing technology challenges. One of the biggest changes seen in
the past year has been a broader awareness of the very real Advanced Persistent Threat and
its implications for our information assurance and information operations technologies.
Processing system security is being addressed in multiple products.
To address some of these new and daunting challenges, this year's symposium focused on
four core areas: advanced analytics and intelligent systems, emerging architecture methods,
high-performance computing, and information systems/information operations. Attendees
were encouraged to participate in some of more than 150 sessions in several tracks and to
recognize that today's engineers need to move freely across traditional boundaries. They
must be knowledgeable about financial, security and legal issues as well.
Moving forward, the ISaCTN recognizes its need to establish a forward-looking technology
focus. Just following the commercial-off-the-shelf industry does not serve the nation's needs
for technology advantage on the battlefield. ISaCTN has identified potential focus areas such
as multicore processors, cybersecurity, software methods, FOSS, quantum computing and
GPUs. A key advantage of the new TN is that ISaC includes a strong focus on information
systems — knowledge management, intelligent systems, information assurance, and information
operations — building on the solid core of processor and software technology. The
combined focus on these areas will enable ISaC to guide Raytheon into the next decade.