DISA Seeks Upgrade on Supercomputer Network

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While other agencies are looking to shutter federal data centers, the Defense Department is rolling out an ambitious project designed to link researchers with DoD supercomputer centers.

The Defense Information Systems Agency submitted a formal request for proposal for its Defense Research and Engineering Network III, seeking companies to help build the network, according to a report on InformationWeek.

The notice is posted on FedBizOpps, and the formal RFP is expected to be issued “on or about” Dec. 17.

DREN III will operate both inside and outside the United States, serving more than 200 service delivery points, according to the DISA notice.

The network will help provide a vital link between DoD’s six supercomputing centers and researchers nationwide, part of the department’s High Performance Computing (HPC) Modernization Program.

Nextgov reports that aside from offering increased bandwidth – DREN already operates at speeds as much as 350 times the average home Internet connection, according to the site – the network is also designed to serve as a “test bed” for Internet Protocol version 6, or Next-Generation Internet, as it’s known.

The Office of Management and Budget has made making the switch to the newer version a priority, setting a four-year goal on migrating to the next-generation Internet Protocol, which offers more web addresses than the current version, IPv4.

The DREN III contract is a firm fixed price, Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity with a three-year fixed base period and seven one-year options, according to the notice.

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