Boeing recently selected JXTA(TM) Technology to provide the peer-to-peer (P2P) discovery service for the System of Systems Common Operating Environment (SOSCOE) for the U.S. Army’s multi-billion dollar Future Combat Systems (FCS) initiative.
Although it is a little disturbing that this is the second time JXTA has been mentioned in connection with “network-centric warfare”, it’s also great news for a sadly under-appreciated technology. As Alexis Smirnov points out, JXTA does a fantastic job of making very hard things possible, but simple things are still difficult. Not only that, but so far it hasn’t been heavily promoted by Sun, so that even if you’re an architect with a hard problem that JXTA can solve, you probably don’t know it. Let’s just call it “fashionably obscure” for now, but hopefully not for much longer.