Alion Partners with AGEIA to Add Sophisticated Physics to DoD Simulation and Training Applications

Defense organizations will now have the same quality of movement used in games run on PCs, Xbox 360 and Playstation

McLean, Virginia – April 16, 2007 – Alion Science and Technology, an employee-owned technology solutions company, today announced the company has partnered with AGEIA™ Technologies, the pioneer in hardware-accelerated physics for games. This partnership provides the integration of the popular AGEIA PhysX™ technology into the Delta3D Open Source Engine to enable real-world, real-time dynamic motion and interaction.

Alion has been actively contributing to the Delta3D Project for almost three years. Delta3D is an open source game engine that supports a variety of Department of Defense (DoD) modeling and simulation applications. With this partnership, Alion is making it possible for applications built on Delta3D to take advantage of the PhysX processor. This puts the power of physics in the hands of developers, dramatically accelerating the creation of cutting-edge simulations that feature complex physics-based environments.

Using AGEIA PhysX, when users create a simulated explosion, it causes dust and debris. Weapons have effects on targets that replicate what would happen in reality, and human and vehicle movement is more lifelike.

Using AGEIA PhysX, Alion can build even more powerful training and simulation applications for the Marine Corps that will be deployed on the Deployable Virtual Training Environment (DVTE) system – a program that will provide deployable simulations on laptops to train warfighters for combat environments. As a result, when Marines use DVTE to train for convoy operations against improvised explosive devices (IEDs), they will encounter a driving experience that mirrors the actual movement of their armored vehicle. And when they practice defensive operations, they will use weapons with 360 degree rotation and physically accurate ballistics, just like they will experience in theatre.  

“Through Alion’s partnership with AGEIA, the DoD will have access to one of the best physics engines available, and it can be used free of charge. This further promotes the value of the Delta3D open source environment throughout the Defense Department, providing programs with superior technology without the cost and vendor lock in that usually accompanies technology adoption,” said Rear Admiral Dick Brooks (USN, Ret.), Alion National Security Group Manager. “Now defense programs can use the same physics engine used in major games run on PCs, Xbox 360™ and Playstation® 3. The result will be more powerful and effective training and simulation applications.”

The partnership enables Alion to distribute the PhysX runtimes, SDK and API as part of the Delta3D project. Delta3D users will be able to add state-of-the-art physics capabilities to their Delta3D open source applications without additional royalties or separate licensing agreements. If the program using the application wants to increase the resolution and speed of movements enabled by AGEIA PhysX, they can leverage the power of the PhysX processor to create even more realistic simulations.

“Alion is taking simulation and training into new places, and we’re excited that they’ve chosen to take AGEIA PhysX technology along for the ride,” said Manju Hegde, CEO of AGEIA. “Our technology has been used extensively in the gaming world, and considering the type of movement we’ve focused on – vehicle dynamics, debris scatter, weapon systems – there is an obvious applicability to Defense training applications. With the dedication and talent of the Alion team, we have high expectations for what they can achieve using the AGEIA PhysX solution.”

To learn more about Delta3D, visit www.Delta3D.org.

About Alion Science and Technology

Alion Science and Technology (pronounced: ah-LYE-un) is an employee-owned technology solutions company delivering technical expertise and operational support to the Department of Defense, civilian government agencies and commercial customers. Building on 70 years of R&D and engineering experience, Alion brings innovation and insight to multiple business areas: defense operations; modeling & simulation; wireless communication; industrial technology; chemical, biological, nuclear & environmental sciences; information technology; and naval architecture and marine engineering. Based in McLean, Virginia, Alion has employee-owners are located at major offices, customer sites and laboratories worldwide. For more information, call 877.771.6252 or visit Alion online at www.alionscience.com.

About AGEIA
AGEIA™ Technologies, Inc., is the pioneer of hardware-accelerated physics for PC games and has developed the world’s first dedicated physics processor, the AGEIA PhysX processor. The AGEIA PhysX processor powers massive and pervasive real-time interactive worlds that for the first time obey the laws of classical physics. AGEIA provides a world-class cross platform software development kit to simplify advanced physics programming for the PhysX processor, as well as next-generation gaming consoles. AGEIA is changing the face of gaming by working with more than sixty leading developers and publishers to deliver the next generation of physically immersive entertainment. The company, headquartered in Mountain View, California, is privately-held. For more information, visit their website at http://www.ageia.com.

* AGEIA and PhysX are trademarks of AGEIA Technologies, Inc.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.


 

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