Intel Helping Army Build New Computer War Training Games; Mic Bowman Comments

IntelLogoIntel Corp. and the U.S. Army are working together to create computerized war games they hope can be run anywhere in the world by large groups of participants simultaneously, the Orlando Sentinel reported Thurday.

Richard Burnett writes that the company and the Army want to deliver cloud-based interactive training simulations for hundreds of infantry troops and senior commanders.

The Army Research Laboratory’s simulation and training center in Orlando, Fla. is developing training scenarios and Intel is developing a computing network intended to transport and distribute the training scenarios.

Linden Lab created a similar three-dimensional online virtual world named “Second Life,” according to the report.

“Second Life is the closest thing to what we’re doing, but even that limits the number of players to 60 or 80 per region,” Mic Bowman, Intel’s lead project engineer, told the Sentinel.

Burnett writes that current online war games limit how many soldiers can participate and the variety of available missions.

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