NOAA Seeks a New Supercomputer

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is in the market for a new supercomputer to replace one in Camp Springs, Md., when NOAA's contract expires Sept. 30.

In a solicitation posted on Fed Biz Opps, the Commerce Department agency said the existing system was last upgraded in 2008.

The existing system eventually will be prone to failures and lack sufficient data capacity, said NOAA Chief Information Officer Joe Klimavicz. Historically, the agency must triple processing power every three years.

NOAA expects to award a five-year base contract, with a three-year option period, in October.The transition to the new system will take about a year, Klimavicz said.

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