Success Story

The Internet We Know Today

ARL's Leadership and Contributions to ARPANET Helped DOD Project to Become the Internet We Know Today

Over seventy years ago, the U.S. Army unveiled the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer (ENIAC) the world's first operational, general purpose, electronic digital computer. The laboratory's participation and leadership in the development of a distributed networking initiative in the 1970's, called ARPANET, directly evolved into today's Internet. As the successor to the U.S. Army Ordnance Corps, the Army Research Laboratory Computational and Information Sciences Directorate proudly carries forward the tradition. Laboratory staff have continued to hold key leadership
positions in Standards Panels which have resulted in the implementation of computer and network protocols, scientific computer languages, storage media, software-defined networking, 3D visualization, and gaming technologies.

Examples include the licensing of patented inventions like 1) the Ferroelectric Mechanical Memory enabling new electronics applications requiring low power consumption, high cycling endurance, and non-volatile data storage,  2) a software tool used to predict radio frequency network performance, called the Radio Frequency Link Performance Tool (RFLPT) used in a field environment to assist in network planning and optimization of cellular and WiFi networks. And 3) an Airborne Hazard Management technology which is a system of sensors and software that improves situational awareness and emergency response to environmental hazards, such as release of toxic plumes, by combining air quality data and real-time weather data to enhance decision-making about the path of the plume and response priorities, routes of evacuation, and rescue.