Nasa signs up CSC for supercomputing support

CSC has signed a deal with the US space agency Nasa for supercomputing support services worth an estimated £$597m (£290m).

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CSC has signed a deal with the US space agency Nasa for supercomputing support services worth an estimated £$597m (£290m).

Under the terms of the deal, the supplier will support Nasa's Advanced Supercomputing Division at Ames Research Center in Silicon Valley and provide computer research to the agency's Center for Computational Sciences at Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland.

The estimated price tag is the maximum value it could be worth, based on full uptake of a core two-year contract plus a further eight one-year options, CSC said.

Tom Anderson, president of CSC's North America public sector civil division, said CSC was "pleased to expand our relationship with Nasa and help advance the agency's mission in pioneering the future of space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research."

CSC has been in the UK headlines in recent days for its decision to buy the division of troubled software supplier iSoft that is developing the Lorenzo care records system at the heart of the NHS’s £12.4bn National Programme for IT (NPfIT).

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