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Dec. 7, 2000

Michael Mewhinney

NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA

Phone: 650/604-3937, 650/604-9000

mmewhinney@mail.arc.nasa.gov


Anne Watzman

Carnegie Mellon University

Phone: 650/604-9000 (Dec. 7-11), 412/268-3830

Aw16@andrew.cmu.edu


NOTE TO EDITORS: 00-81AR

COMPUTING CONSORTIUM FORMED TO ELIMINATE COMPUTER FAILURES

Details of a new High Dependability Computing Consortium (HDCC), whose mission is to eliminate failures in computing systems critical to the welfare of society, will be announced on Monday, Dec. 11, during a news conference at NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA.

The news conference will be held at 10:30 a.m. (PST) in the Moffett Training and Conference Center, Building 3. During the news conference, officials from NASA, Carnegie Mellon University and industry will be available to discuss the significance of dependable computing to critical areas such as air traffic control, space exploration, Internet communication and health care. News conference panelists will include NASA Ames Center Director Dr. Henry McDonald, Carnegie Mellon University President Dr. Jared L. Cohon, Raymond J. Lane, general partner, Kleiner Perkins Caulfield and Byers, and Dr. James H. Morris, dean, Carnegie Mellon School of Computer Science.

Skyworker, a robot from Carnegie Mellon’s Robotics Institute, will demonstrate the importance of computer dependability prior to and following the news conference at 10 a.m. and again at 11:30 a.m. (PST). Reporters are invited to join press conference participants and attendees for lunch following the news conference. Reporters unable to attend the conference in person may also participate via a two-way telephone hook-up by calling 650/604-3396. The line will be activated at 10:15 a.m. (PST).

To reach NASA Ames, take the Moffett Field exit off U.S. 101 and drive east to the Main Gate, Moffett Field. News media will need to present valid press credentials and/or photo identification at the Visitor Badging Office, Main Gate, Moffett Field, in order to gain entry. Maps to Building 3 will be available at the Main Gate.

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