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GSAW 2017 Agenda, Presentations, & Tutorials

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Monday, March 13, 2017
Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Thursday, March 16, 2017

Monday, March 13, 2017

Tutorials
Chair: Kalyani Rengarajan, The Aerospace Corporation

A. Operational Analytics and Big Data Technologies
Instructors: Joseph Coughlin, Rohit Mital, and Shashi Nittur, Stinger Ghaffarian Technologies

B. Integrating Cybersecurity into the System Lifecycle Using the Risk Management Framework (RMF)
Instructor: Daniel Faigin, The Aerospace Corporation

C: An Overview of Ground Systems for Satellite Operations
Instructors: James Anderson and Donald Town, The Aerospace Corporation

D: Introduction to Model Based Systems Engineering for Ground Systems
Instructors: Myron Hecht and Mark McKelvin, The Aerospace Corporation

E: Introduction to Satellite Communications
Instructors: Rob Andzik and Randy Culver, AMERGINT Technologies Inc.

F: Introduction to CCSDS Mission Operations Services
Instructors: Mario Merri and Mehran Sarkarati, European Space Agency

G: Alternative Software Development Approaches
Instructors: Supannika Mobasser, Curt Holmer, and Brook Cavell, The Aerospace Corporation

H: How to Build a Zero-Trust Architecture
Instructors: Barry Lyons IV, SGT, Inc. and Brandon Bailey, NASA IV&V

I: Introduction to Space Domain Task Force (SDTF) Specifications–XTCE, GEMS, SOLM, XUSP
Instructors: Brad Kizzort, Harris Corporation; Gerry Simon, Kratos Integral Systems; and Luis Rodriguez, AMERGINT Technologies Inc.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Session 1: Keynote Session (video)

Announcements
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2017 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Welcome Address
Dr. Charles Gustafson, Sr. Vice President, Engineering and Technology Group, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address (no charts)
Thomas Fitzgerald, SES, Director, Engineering, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

Session 2: Shaping the Future
Chair: Dan Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

A Look Over the Horizon
Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

A Visit to the Future: The 2037 Space Ground System
Karen Casey, Walid Al-Masyabi, and Maggie Nagengast, Raytheon

There is No Box
Rob Andzik, AMERGINT Technologies Inc.

Session 3: Virtualization and Cloud
Chair: Denny Ly, The Aerospace Corporation

Applying Container Technology to the Virtualized Ground System
Rich Monteleone, RT Logic Satellite Ground Systems

Moving to the Cloud Isn’t Difficult, Adapting to New Methods and Technologies is Hard
Jon Upham, Mike Wierzbinski, and Mike Waters, DigitalGlobe

Virtualized Multi-Mission Operations Center (vMMOC) and its Cloud Services
Haisam Ido, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Featured Lunchtime Speaker (video)
Chair: Kathleen Harmon, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Lessons Learned by the Juno Flight Team During Earth Fly-by (download file to activate embedded video on slide 5)
Larry Bryant, Mission Operations Assurance Manager, Office of Safety and Mission Success,
NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Session 4: Intelligent Analytics
Chair: Krikor Geysimonyan, The Aerospace Corporation

Using Big Data Analytical Techniques to Predict Satellite Component Failure
Craig Kief, Nick Buonaiuto, Mark Louie, and Jim Aarestad, COSMIAC at UNM; Dennis Mateik, and Rohit Mital, SGT Inc.; and Robert Sivilli, AFRL/RVSVC

Creative Analytics of Mission Ops Event Messages
Dan Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Evaluation of Machine Learning Algorithms for Satellite Operations Support
Gilles Kbidy and Greg Adamski, L-3 Communications T&RF; and Julian Spencer-Jones, Telenor Satellite AS

Session 5: Interoperability and Standards
Chair: Judy Kerner, The Aerospace Corporation

CCSDS Cannot be Ignored When Looking Beyond the Horizon
Nestor Peccia, European Space Agency/European Space Operations Center

Bridging the Gap: Web-Based SLE Solution for an Existing MDOS
Deane Sibol, Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory and Josh Choi, Dave Santo, George Rinker, and Hayk Arutyunyan, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

The Euclid Ground Segment Design for File-based Operations (Video clip)
Frank Keck, Felix Flentge, Colin Haddow, and Guillermo Buenadicha, European Space Agency/European Space Operations Center

SDN/NFV for Flexible Federation of SATOPS Networks
Bharathi Devi, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

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Session 6: Securing the Future
Chair: Yogita Shah, The Aerospace Corporation

Looking Ahead to the Next-Generation of Cyber Architectures
Scottie Ray and John Konrad, VMware

Effective Security Engineering for the Ground Segment
Daniel Fischer and Mariella Spada, European Space Agency

Models for Optimal Constellation Scheduling Under Uncertainty
Christopher Valicka and Jean-Paul Watson, Sandia National Laboratories

Session 7: Working Group Previews
Chair: Anil Agrawal, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11A: Cloud Computing for Ground Systems VII
Ramesh Rangachar and Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11B: Realizing the Look Beyond the Horizon
Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11C: Enabling Game-Changing Innovation Through Model-Based Engineering
Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11D: Cost Estimation IV for Next-Generation Ground Systems
Jim Alstad and Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

Session 11E: Adopting Agile Ground Software Development
Supannika Mobasser, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11F: Working Together to Improve Resiliency through Cybersecurity
Sky Troyer and Scott Niebuhr, The Aerospace Corporation

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Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Session 8: Keynote Session (video)

Announcements and Introduction
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2017 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Steven Isakowitz, President and CEO, The Aerospace Corporation

Preview of the European Ground System Architecture Workshop
Nestor Peccia, European Space Agency/European Space Operations Center

Session 9: Envisioning the Enterprise
Chair: Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) Overview
Lt. Col. J. Steve Crider, Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

Developing a Conceptual Architecture Model
Henry Mottesheard and Lance Page, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and Tim Eveleigh, George Washington University

An Easy Way to Web User Interfaces for Ground Segment Systems
Felix Flentge and Holger Dreihahn, European Space Agency/European Space Operations Center; Goncalo Lopes, Serco; and David Marina, GMV

Session 10: Exploring “New Space”
Chair: Nestor Peccia, European Space Agency/European Space Operations Center

Architecting OneWeb’s Massive Satellite Constellation Ground System
Enrique Fraga Moreira, Antonio Ceballos, Carlos Estévez, and Juan Carlos Gil, GMV Aerospace and Defence; and Steve Kang, John Guiney, and Vikram Ivatury, OneWeb Ltd

On the Road to Ground Systems that Scale for the Future
Mike Wierzbinski, Mike Waters, and Jon Upham, DigitalGlobe

SatNet: A Federated Tracking Network for CubeSats
John Bellardo, Justin Foley, and Jordi Puig-Suari, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo

Session 11: Working Groups

Session 11A: Cloud Computing for Ground Systems VII
Leads: Ramesh Rangachar and Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

The main objective of the working group is to advocate for the adoption of cloud computing standards in the implementation of satellite-based ground systems. The Cloud Reference Model and Roadmap, produced by Aerospace, will be used to frame the discussion, while specific mission requirements will be used to prioritize initial steps. The working group will focus on:

  • State of the art in cloud computing and ground systems technologies;
  • Cloud reference models and roadmaps;
  • Cloud-based ground systems;
  • Cloud-related technologies such as DevOps and Big Data
  • Cloud security, standards, and compliance;
  • Cloud-based Acquisition Issues and Strategies;
  • Cloud computing economics; and
  • Cloud performance management.

This working group will consist of two parts. Part 1 will include presentations, case studies, and demonstrations related to cloud computing for satellite-based ground systems. Part 2 will be a town hall meeting on cloud computing for satellite-based ground systems. This will include a moderated discussion on the focus issues mentioned above, featuring panel of industry experts.

Presenters, panelists, and participants will include ground systems hardware/software providers, integrators and operators, cloud solutions providers, and others interested in satellite-based ground systems and cloud computing.

Presentations:

Federation Management: What It Is, Why It Is Critical to Future Ground Systems – and What We Should Do About It
Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

Containers for Highly Scalable Applications in the Cloud
Ann Chervenak, The Aerospace Corporation

Hybrid virtualization for the Earth Observation Payload Data Ground Segment (PDGS)
Gioacchino Buscemi, European Space Agency

Scape Framework
Josh Perrius, Booz Allen Hamilton

Session 11B: Realizing the Look Beyond the Horizon
Lead: Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

A look beyond the horizon requires more than just a vision & technology, it must eventually be implemented to be realized. For organizations that fly more than one satellite one can envision a transition from individual stovepipe programs to an enterprise which fosters at the least ground hardware and data sharing and perhaps complete interoperability across its programs. This shift requires challenges to current CONOPS, training, culture, organization/staffing, acquisition strategies, funding, governance, and even the corporate business models of vendors. In short, it is a reinvention of the ground elements of a space system from concept development to operations. Each of these changes are challenging individually but collectively may seem too daunting for some to start. This workshop will host a panel from various organizations, including commercial, which will present what their future vision is and progress to date with an emphasis on how they are addressing the aforementioned challenges including lessons learned. The goal of the working group will be to understand what is going on across organizations in terms of transition and offer suggestions to help address the challenges transition beyond the horizon brings.

Presentation:

GEARS Architecture Overview
Georg Contag, NOAA /NESDIS / OSGS

MOC per Mission Chart
Dan Smith, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Session 11C: Enabling Game-Changing Innovation Through Model-Based Engineering
Leads: Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

In this working group session, we hope to foster a mutually beneficial discussion of the evolving practice of Model-Based Systems Engineering and Model-Based Software Engineering. In keeping with this year’s GSAW theme, we propose to focus the discussion along three principal vectors:

  1. Sharing lessons learned and success stories from the community of MBSE practitioners;
  2. Discussing enablers for game-changing innovation that MBSE offers; and,
  3. Identifying specific areas for near-term collaboration by the GSAW community to advance the state of the practice of MBSE for ground system acquisition and operations.

In previous GSAW working group sessions on MBSE, we have found that there is considerable interest in first-hand accounts of the demonstrated value of MBSE to real programs and enterprises, particularly among those who are not day-to-day practitioners of MBSE. Those success stories—particularly within our domain of interest—go a long way toward providing stakeholders with the confidence to proceed with MBSE pilot and transition programs to take advantage of those demonstrated benefits.

Last year’s GSAW theme and MBSE working group session theme focused on improving organizational agility to support rapid change, both internally and externally driven. This year, we hope to discuss the ways in which MBSE can facilitate substantive innovation. A mature MBSE capability may enable an organization to more boldly pursue innovative system or software architectures by providing modeling methods that promote rapid prototyping and rapid verification of requirement and design closure through virtual integration and testing. By enabling quicker design iterations, a greater number of more aggressively innovative strategies might be explored in a shorter period of time. We would like to hear from practitioners who have successfully implemented this sort of approach, and also understand where there may be unanticipated pitfalls.

In an MBSE workshop sponsored by the Aerospace Corporation in August 2016, the assembled community of MBSE practitioners and stakeholders in the domain of Government space system acquirers discussed potential avenues for collaboration to advance the state of the practice of MBSE. We would like to explore in more detail the types of collaborations that GSAW MBSE practitioners feel are the most important to pursue in the near term, and begin the process of planning those collaborative efforts at GSAW 2017. Based on the August workshop participation and feedback, there is a lot of interest to sustain this collaboration throughout the year between GSAW events.

Presentation:

A Proposed Community Roadmap for Advancing the Practice of Model-Based Systems Engineering in Government Programs and Enterprises
Ryan Noguchi, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11D: Cost Estimation IV for Next-Generation Ground Systems
Leads: Jim Alstad and Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

In today’s cyber-physical-human world, we need to model and estimate single system development, existing system and software upgrades, development of new system of systems capabilities while at the same time exploring alternatives in the solution space for affordability and expedited/rapid delivery of solutions. Often initial system development is not the total cost driver for total ownership costs. Manufacturing, maintenance, sustainment and retirement/disposal costs can often overshadow development costs and a lack of investment in flexibility and affordability can mean a shorter life for the system and a corresponding reduction in the return on investment for the initial development costs.

USC, The Aerospace Corporation, USAF/SMC, the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, and the Naval Postgraduate School are collaborating in developing a beyond-the-horizon cost model for next-generation space and ground systems. This model, known as COSATMO, will immediately address system cost and schedule; it will also benefit risk management by providing a baseline to which actual costs can be compared during system development.

The objective of the COSATMO research is to build on current capabilities in existing cost models and to fill gaps in the capabilities of our current estimating tools. Some of the planned objectives of the COSATMO effort are to be able to perform:

  • Cost model analysis to evaluate tradeoffs between affordability, quality, security, flexibility, performance and other goals;
  • Cost modeling and estimation to support analysis of alternatives; and
  • Return on investment of early feasibility assessments.

In 2014, this workshop advanced development of COSATMO in ground station cost estimation. We identified five ground station cost categories and their size drivers and other cost drivers. In 2015, we presented and further developed COSYSMO 3.0, a systems engineering cost model applicable to ground stations; some participants brought in information on actual projects, and we revised our model through having those participants interactively work through making an estimate. In 2016, we (with Marilee Wheaton) led an interactive session that reviewed and improved a COSYSMO 3.0 data collection form.

This year, the workshop will focus on exercising a mature, updated COSYSMO 3.0 model, with participants being able to provide project parameters, see predicted costs from the model, and compare to their actual costs. (The model will be enacted in a spreadsheet, allowing each participant to perform their COSYSMO 3.0 estimates during the workshop; participants will be able to take the model/spreadsheet with them.) Additionally, participants will be able to provide input to the model and to the data collection forms (updated as a result of last year’s session).

One result of the workshop will be to provide important input to the nearly-final COSYSMO 3.0 model, a model that has already shown its value in ground station cost estimation.

Presentation:

Cost Estimation IV for Next-Generation Ground Systems Focusing on COSYSMO 3.0: The Expert-Based Model
Jim Alstad, USC Center for Systems and Software Engineering

Session 11E: Adopting Agile Ground Software Development
Lead: Supannika Mobasser, The Aerospace Corporation

To look beyond the horizon and to embrace the rapid rate of change of the ground software system development, it is crucial to be flexible, resilient, and robust. Aerospace and defense
contractors started to adopt agile principles and manifesto. Meanwhile, in the government sector, several programs have gradually started to embrace agile methods. However, there is a big challenge to use agile as it is used in commercial software-intensive industry. This working group will provide an opportunity for agile practitioners to share their experiences and learn from others on the topics on challenges and solutions of agile acquisition processes. The format of the working group will be a combination of presentations, case studies, and interactive discussion focusing on different aspects of agile adoption on ground software system development.

Presentation:

Adopting Agile Ground Software Development
Supannika Mobasser, The Aerospace Corporation

Smashing the Stovepipe
Paul Swenson, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

GMSEC Services Suite (GSS)
Vuong LY, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

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Session 11F: Working Together to Improve Resiliency through Cybersecurity
Leads: Sky Troyer and Scott Niebuhr, The Aerospace Corporation

Organizations are developing and implementing enterprise cybersecurity solutions and security monitoring services for space missions. This working group will serve as a platform to introduce some of the current efforts that are underway and help to promote collaboration with the goal of increasing cyber resiliency. This working group will include presentations and or demonstrations of various efforts; followed by a moderated discussion on the challenges and suggestions to address the cybersecurity issues associated with the Space domain. This working group will include participants from the civil, commercial, defense and intelligence communities.

Session 12: Evening Session

Session 12A: Special GSAW/SPIN/INCOSE-LA Evening Event
Leads: Julie White and Bruce Arnheim, The Aerospace Corporation

Topic: The Interplay Between Test and Training for System Readiness

Organizations often acquire systems that depend on different elements working together, where at least one element has humans-in-the-loop. Testing for these systems needs to address both formal testing of the elements as they are intended to work together and the successful demonstration that the humans have been trained properly to use the system elements for their intended purpose. Military systems have a long history of performing operationally realistic testing and a commitment to having the various users of those systems trained for the use of these systems in anticipated conditions. The push for more cost effective acquisition brings up the notion that there may be an opportunity for some savings by examining the intersection of system testing with the final phases of training for ground system acquisitions.

Pre-launch mission operations rehearsals have long been identified primarily as a training activity. For the past few years discussions with development programs about performing “like you fly” system tests have led to some assertions that mission operations rehearsals essentially cover “like you fly” test objectives, so there is little need for a separate set of system tests. However, to the best of our knowledge, there has been very little codification of what needs to be in a mission operations rehearsal for training purposes and how that can be leveraged to include recognizable test objectives. At last year’s GSAW, we began to identify essential features of mission operations rehearsals and key distinctions between rehearsals and operationally realistic system tests. This session will recap that work and then focus on the intersections between these two domains.

The group will expand on several topics, including, but not limited to:

  1. A common lexicon for “operationally realistic” system tests and mission rehearsals.
  2. Derivation and decomposition of system requirements that can and should drive developers to implement mission rehearsals, and those that drive developers to implement “operationally realistic” system tests as a part of their system test development/planning.
  3. Costs, Schedule Drivers, and Risks that may be incurred or minimized by developers and acquirers by synergistically planning operationally realistic system testing and mission rehearsals.

Session 12B: EGS Standards
Lead: Alan Unell, The Aerospace Corporation

Using well‐known non‐proprietary standards allows the acquirers of space system ground stations to select the best software and hardware at any given moment to support the hosted missions and not be locked into any particular contractor. Some techniques that may be valuable in such ground stations are service‐oriented frameworks, cloud‐based techniques, and the use of enterprise service buses for communication.

SMC/AD has been working with industry and FFRDCs over the past year to identify standards to use used in the Enterprise Ground Services (EGS) project.

This evening session seeks to provide insight to the community on the standards identified so far and to capture this community’s experience to help put in place the best possible open standards, hardware, and software choices to keep that doorway of future flexibility open.

Session 12C: NOAA/NESDIS Ground Enterprise Architecture: Results, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps
Lead: Georg Contag, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

NOAA’s National Environmental Satellite, Data, & Information Service (NESDIS) is dedicated to providing timely access to global environmental data from satellites and other sources to promote, protect, and enhance the Nation’s economy, security, environment, and quality of life. Our vision is to be the world’s most comprehensive source and recognized authority for satellite products and environmental information. NESDIS’ Office of Satellite Ground Services (OSGS) maintains two primary constellations of environmental satellites: geostationary and polar-orbiting. OSGS’s mission is to sustain legacy ground systems, enable the next generation of satellite ground segments, and create & deploy a common Ground Enterprise Architecture for the future.

OSGS has developed the Enterprise Architecture (EA) for Ground Enterprise ARchitecture Services (GEARS) using The Open Group Architecture Framework (TOGAF), Architecture Development Method (ADM). The baseline architecture effort will be completed in November 2016. The GEARS EA describes how the common services tie together the enterprise as well as the products and services that the enterprise delivers. This working group provides an overview of the end-to-end EA activities including EA planning, governance, and development. The working group also includes discussion on lessons learned and next steps in moving forward with the implementation of the GEARS EA, followed by a demo of the GEARS EA developed using MagicDraw, a popular tool for the development of EA.

Presentation:
NOAA/NESDIS Ground Enterprise Architecture: Results, Lessons Learned, and Next Steps
Stephen Marley, Georg Contag, Mark Li, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Environmental Satellite, Data, and Information Service (NESDIS)

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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Session 13: Keynote Session (video)

Announcements
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2017 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

Best Presentation Award

Introduction
Antonio Sanders, Technical Group Supervisor, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Keynote Address (Download file to play embedded video clips) (video)
Larry James, Deputy Director, NASA/Jet Propulsion Laboratory, California Institute of Technology

Session 14: Panel Discussion: Looking Beyond the Horizon (video)
Chair: Navneet Mezcciani, The Aerospace Corporation

Moderator
Marilee Wheaton
Systems Engineering Fellow, The Aerospace Corporation

Panelists
Col. Brian Bracy
Chief Architect, Advanced Systems and Development Directorate (SMC/AD)
Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center

Dr. Azad Madni
Professor and Director, Systems Architecting and Engineering Professor, Astronautics
University of Southern California, Viterbi School of Engineering

Nestor Peccia
Head of Data Systems Infrastructure Division
European Space Operations Center
European Space Agency

Steven Petersen
Director, Office of Satellite Ground Services (OSGS) National Environmental Satellite Data and Information Service (NESDIS)
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Stig-Are Thrana
Head of Kongsberg Silicon Valley
U.S. Sales Director, Satellite Ground Systems
Kongsberg Defense Systems Inc.

Session 15: Summary Session (video)
Working Group (Session 11) Outbriefs

Session 11A: Cloud Computing for Ground Systems VII
Ramesh Rangachar and Craig Lee, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11B: Realizing the Look Beyond the Horizon
Donald Sather, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11C: Enabling Game-Changing Innovation Through Model-Based Engineering
Ryan Noguchi and Robert Pettit IV, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11D: Cost Estimation IV for Next-Generation Ground Systems
Jim Alstad and Barry Boehm, University of Southern California

Session 11E: Adopting Agile Ground Software Development
Supannika Mobasser, The Aerospace Corporation

Session 11F: Working Together to Improve Resiliency through Cybersecurity
Sky Troyer and Scott Niebuhr, The Aerospace Corporation

Workshop Summary
Supannika Mobasser, The Aerospace Corporation

Closing Remarks
Rick Johnson, GSAW 2017 General Chair, The Aerospace Corporation

End of General Workshop

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Sessions C16-C19
Special Session Agenda (held at The Aerospace Corporation)

Session C16: Keynote Session
Announcements
Gretchen Lindsay and Peggy Hwu, Classified Workshop Co-Chairs, The Aerospace Corporation

Introduction
Catherine Steele, Senior Vice President, National Systems Group, The Aerospace Corporation

Keynote Address
Ed Waltz, Sentient Program, Advanced Systems and Technology Directorate, National Reconnaissance Office

Session C17: Plenary Session

Presentations

Session C18: Plenary Session

Presentations

Session C19: Panel Discussion: Looking Beyond the Data

Panel Discussion

Closing Remarks

Networking Hour

End of GSAW 2017

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