When the USS Zumwalt (DDG 1000) puts to sea later this year, it will be different from any other ship in the Navy’s fleet in many ways. The 3.5 Billion dollar ship is designed for stealth, survivability, and firepower, and it’s packed with advanced technology. At the heart of its operations is a virtual data center powered by off-the-shelf server hardware, various flavors of Linux, and over 6 million lines of software code. Perhaps it is appropriate that the first commanding officer of the Zumwalt will be Captain James Kirk (yes, that’s actually his name). But considering how heavily the ship leans on its computer networks, maybe they should look for a chief engineer named Vint Cerf. This is impressive; the Navy formerly relied on Windows to run their ships; but this is a first. A Navy vessel that uses Linux instead. Better for security and reliability than Windows. A Navy vessel with Captain Kirk leading operations? Do they not know that Captain Pike was the first? Anyway; this is good news for Linux; using a far more secure and reliable operating system is a good thing. The ship is armed with vertical launch missile tubes and 100 mm auto-loaders for offensive capabilities and a sloping hull that is angled inwards from the waterline.
That would serve a camouflage, radar signals striking the hull would be reflected away at a different angle; this would shield the ship from radar. All they need now is Ensign Sulu at the helm and this ship would be complete. The ship runs multiple partitioned networks that use the TCP and UDP protocols to communicate. Most of the on-board communications are handled using Voice Over Internet Protocol with the exception of emergency sound-powered phones for use when power is lost. The ship even has a wireless network! It is not stated what 802.11 protocol this uses; it might not be 802.11g with WEP but I hope they have good encryption and a very strong PSK on a WPA2 Enterprise secured network. Anything less is a failure of security. I wonder if the crew will use it for accessing Facebook and Twitter. But this is a very cool thing indeed; the Navy would be running their own proprietary software upon the open-source operating system; but this is not wrong; there is closed source software that is released for Linux but this can cause problems if the software cannot be recompiled on a newer system. But the military would be able to develop a stable configuration with the software that is required for the daily operations of the vessel and launching missiles.