Modern warfare can bring information overload.
A spy calls in the latest movements of enemy forces. A military plane intercepts a cell phone message about the planned attack. Satellites feed military computer systems with images of the battlefield for advancing troops.
In many cases, such bits of information are analyzed using separate systems in the military and don’t reach those on the battlefield in a timely, organized fashion. SGI, a Mountain View company also known as Silicon Graphics that specializes in supercomputers to visualize scientific data, is working with the U.S. military on a new method for giving battle commanders organized, real-time information about what’s going on around them.