NASA Extends Supercomputing Support Services Contract

Computer Sciences wins a $57 million extension of its work providing supercomputing support services at NASA's Ames Research Center.

Computer Sciences, aka CSC, has won a one-year contract option "to provide supercomputing support services at NASA's Ames Research Center at Moffett Field, Calif. The extension is valued at approximately $57 million," NASA announced March 29.

"The option exercised on the cost-plus-award-fee contract begins April 1, 2010, and will continue to March 31, 2011. The contract consists of a two-year base period and eight one-year priced options with a maximum value of approximately $597 million if all options are exercised," NASA said in the announcement.

Computer Sciences' primary objective, NASA said, is to "support the supercomputing services provided by the agency's primary high-performance computing facility operated by the NASA Advanced Supercomputing Division at Ames. The division ... maintains a deep knowledge of high-performance computing and related technologies and applications, and develops and operates some of the largest, most advanced and productive supercomputers in the world."

Under the contract, Computer Sciences 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."