CSC Secures $59M Contract Option for NASA Supercomputing Support

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-03-30 Print this article Print

The IT integrator will continue to support supercomputing services provided by NASA's primary high-performance computing facility in Mountain View, Calif.

NASA said March 30 that it has decided to enact a third one-year option on a contract with Computer Sciences Corp. to provide supercomputing support services at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Federal Airfield in Mountain View, Calif.

The option is valued at approximately $58.6 million, the aeronautics agency said.

The option exercised on the cost-plus-award-fee contract begins April 1, 2011, and continues until March 31, 2012. The contract consists of a two-year base period, which began Aug. 1, 2007; eight one-year priced options will total a maximum value of approximately $597 million, if all options are exercised.

The company will continue to support supercomputing services provided by the agency's primary high-performance computing facility operated by the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division, located at Ames.

The facility serves as the lead supercomputing deployment for the agency. It develops and operates some of the largest, most advanced supercomputers in the world, NASA said.

The contract is structured so the company also may provide supercomputing services to the NASA Center for Computational Sciences facility at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., and additional high performance computing support to other agency field centers as needed.

It's been a big week for IT integrator CSC, which is based in Lanham, Md. On March 28 the company launched a new on demand-based TelePresence service. See this eWEEK story.

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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