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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.

For more, read the eWEEK article: CSC Secures $59M Contract Option for NASA Supercomputing Support.