WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded Verizon Public Sector a $ 495 million contract to provide the network that connects 200 research labs and supercomputer sites, the company said.
Verizon will provide the department with switches, routers, firewalls and “edge computing” capabilities for the department’s defense research and engineering network and its high performance computing modernization program, according to the June 17 announcement. The contract has a four-year basis with three two-year options.
“Our managed services solutions will create a next-generation user experience for research teams using the DREN platform while improving network security,” said Jennifer Chronis, senior vice president for the public sector at Verizon.
The Defense Research and Engineering Network is a high-speed fiber-optic network that enables military supercomputers and researchers to collaborate on research, development, test and evaluation efforts. The High Performance Computing Modernization Program, or HPCMP, provides advanced computing capabilities to the DoD research, development, test and evaluation community. Last year, HPCMP purchased two new supercomputers as part of a pivot to meet the growing demand for data analysis.
According to the Verizon statement, the network will allow research teams to be “brought together in near real time to develop and test big data analytics, artificial intelligence, machine learning and simulations, helping to solve complex problems. from climate change and pandemic response to the next generation of autonomous defense systems.
“The network will overcome the challenge of recurring investments and high-effort technological revolutions so that multidisciplinary teams can consume technical improvements and innovations on a continuous and evolving basis with increased transparency of daily operations,” the statement said.