NASA outsources supercomputer support

Originally posted July 19 at 4:20PM; updated July 20 at 10:45AM

(UPDATED) NASA has contracted with Computer Sciences Corp. to provide support services for the supercomputing services at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.

If all options in the 10-year contract are exercised, the value of the contract will be $597 million.

NASA Ames uses supercomputers quite heavily, for tasks such as new space vehicle design, global climate studies and astrophysics research. In June, NASA Ames selected IBM for evaluating next generation supercomputing systems.

In June, Ames' largest computer, an SGI Altix-based system called Columbia, ranked 13 on the twice-yearly ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers, top500.org.

At the end of June, CSC announced that since April 1 its business unit that handles the federal sector had signed 63 previously unannounced contracts with a total estimated value of $3.1 billion.

According to a company statement, 36 of the contracts were with Department of Defense agencies and have a total value of $2.9 billion. Another 27 contracts are with civil agencies, and they total $187 million.

The services provided under these contracts range from support for NASA's supercomputer system to services for government health programs; virtual and live training; homeland security; infrastructure services; and command, control and communications. Agencies served include the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, NASA, General Services Administration, Department of Energy, Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Communications Commission, Department of State and Health and Human Services.

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