Open-source software has been the buzzword in software innovation ever since a Finnish college student named Linus began fiddling with the UNIX operating system.
DARPAâs new portfolio of programs aims to âdemocratize the design process for complex cyber-electro-mechanical systems such as defense and aerospace vehicles,â according to an agency announcement.
DARPA is seeking proposals to develop vehicleforge.mil, âan open source hosting site for the collaborative development of these systems.â
The biggest challenge of using open-source tenets in the âphysical world,â will likely be developing a âgeneral representational language,â able to fully describe the vehicle systems, FierceGovernmentIT reports.
The website also reports earlier this year, DARPA awarded contracts and solicited proposals to develop innovative new solutions to the design of defense vehicles. At that time, DARPA sought ârevolutionary advances,â not just âevolutionary improvements to the existing practice of vehicle systems development.
Along with the challenges facing the current open-source plan come potential security concerns, as well. They include how to develop crowd-sourced material so that developers wouldnât even need to be U.S. citizens or hold security clearances, FierceGovernmentIT reports.