GARCHING, GERMANY -- Researchers at the Max-Planck-Institute for Quantum Optics in Garching and at the Ludwig-Maximilians University of Munich have observed a phase transition between two dramatically different states of matter close to temperatures of absolute zero.

CAMBRIDGE, MA -- Availant, Incorporated, a leading provider of availability management software and services, today announced the completion of a joint software engineering effort with IBM for the development of the latest release of High Availability Cluster Multi-Processing (HACMP) for AIX(R). Since 1990, Availant and IBM have been engaged in a successful technology partnership for design and development of HACMP for AIX, IBM's industry-leading high availability clustering software.

UPTON, NY -- Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory are studying a mysterious material that may lead to significant advances in the miniaturization of electronics. In the July 27, 2001 issue of Science magazine, the scientists describe findings that offer the first clues to explain the material's newly discovered, unusual electrical properties. This work may lead to applications using the material to store electrical charge in high-performance capacitors, and offer insight into how charges behave on the nanoscale - on the order of billionths of a meter.

NASA/GSFC plans to issue a Draft Request for Proposal (DRFP) for High Performance Computing (HPC) and data systems and services for the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) for general support services for the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Computational and Information Science and Technology Office (CISTO). This is a competitive follow-on contract to GSA task orders NNG09HP07D and NNG09HP11D and will also encompass work currently provided under contracts NNG09DA02C, NNG06EB68C, NNG06HX04C, and NNG09HP06Z.
The following is a list of objectives designed to meet the mission and vision of CISTO and NCCS.
1. Provide high-end computing and data systems and services designed to meet the needs of the NASA scientific and engineering communities. 2. Provide a rapid response to changing science and engineering requirements as well as the changing technology needed to best meet those requirements. 3. Evolve the focus from data centric services to knowledge centric services that enable the use of NASA observational and model data in new and innovative ways. 4. Provide a complete set of support services from low-level system administration to high-level application support for the NASA scientific and engineering communities. 5. Sustain a rich and robust operational environment with a high level of operational availability and capability. 6. Push the envelope of systems and services within CISTO and the NCCS to open new and more efficient methods for modeling, data analytics, collections management, and distribution. 7. Constantly look for the best value solutions for the Government through the use of commodity components, open source software, partnerships, and competitive procurements.
The Government does not intend to acquire a commercial item using FAR Part 12. This procurement will be a full and open competition. All responsible sources may submit an offer which shall be considered by the agency.
The anticipated release date of the DRFP is on or about February 08, 2012. This competitive procurement will result in a Cost Plus Fixed Fee (CPFF) Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract. The Government intends to perform the evaluation in accordance with FAR Part 15.

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