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The Host Computer System (HOST) used to be the backbone of the US air traffic control centers (ARTCCs). There was a lot of publicity early in 2015 about the En-Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) fully replacing it, as the FAA announced they were finally finished implementing ERAM. However, deep in the FAA website, the HOST system still seems fairly active.

I just want to clarify if it is fully out now. Is it still available as a backup? Do certain ATC systems still draw from HOST systems? Do controllers still use certain HOST systems?

Overall this is a pretty technical question, but any information is helpful.

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  • $\begingroup$ "deep in the FAA website, the HOST system still seems fairly active." Where? $\endgroup$ – ymb1 Jul 7 '16 at 23:40
  • $\begingroup$ There are descriptions of the various air traffic control systems in the faa website, but it takes a login to view them. Basically, they imply (and also explicitly say) that the HOST system is still in service. I think they must still be decommissioning it. $\endgroup$ – Miles Johnson Jul 7 '16 at 23:46
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From this news article dated April 30, 2015:

"As of today, Host is history," FAA Administrator Michael Huerta declared during a press conference.

From the latest NextGen report dated June 2016:

In March 2015, the 20 planned ERAM sites achieved operational readiness, which signified the full commissioning of ERAM into the NAS and allowed the FAA to begin decommissioning the legacy HOST system.

So, it is fully out, it is not available as back-up, and no ATC system uses Host.

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I was lucky enough to work a career that spanned all three systems:IBM 9020, IBM 3083 (HOST) and ERAM.

HOST is no longer in use even as a backup. The backup system used to be a stand alone system called DARC (Direct Access Radar Channel). ERAM has a redundant channel of supposedly identical hardware and software as a "back up". This is problematic though. I believe the current ARTCC system uses the original DARC software hosted on the display channel (DSR) as backup.

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