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Engility plans entry into NASA scientific computing competition

Bid extends civilian, highly technical services strategies

Engility Corp. said Thursday it plans to bid for a large contract covering scientific computing services for two NASA centers as the agency seeks to consolidate a pair of existing contracts for high-performance computing work.

NASA seeks contractor support for its supercomputers that work to help users facilitate collaborations for the space agency’s different missions and facilities, according to a November request for information issued in November.

Citing a pre-solicitation conference in December, Deltek estimates the new contract at a maximum value of $1.1 billion over one base year and up to nine one-year options.

NASA has scheduled the request for proposals for release later this April and an award to follow by January 2018. CSRA is the incumbent contractor on both current HPC contracts, according to Deltek.

The consolidated contract’s RFI lists focus areas such as high-end applications, data-intensive computing, collaborative computing and emerging computing paradigms such as quantum computing.

Engility has identified scientific computing as a focal point of both its civilian market strategy and pursuit of highly technical services to agencies. The company won a potential five-year, $112 million contract in late 2016 for such services to the Food and Drug Administration.

Silicon Valley-based Ames Research Center is one of two major NASA supercomputing facilities in the U.S. along with a second at Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

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Ross Wilkers is a senior staff writer for Washington Technology. He can be reached at rwilkers@washingtontechnology.com. Follow him on Twitter: @rosswilkers. Also find and connect with him on LinkedIn.

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