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Posted: Wednesday, August 29th, 2012 8:46 AM HST

Hawaii loses lucrative supercomputer contract

By Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) The University of Hawaii is protesting the loss of the most lucrative contract in the school's history.

Hawaii News Now reported Tuesday the university has filed a bid protest with the federal government after losing a contract worth as much as $180 million over the last decade to run a supercomputer center on Maui.

Earlier this month, the Air Force announced it had awarded the new contract to a mainland defense contractor. The Maui High Performance Computing Center in Kihei is one of six supercomputer centers run by the Department of Defense.

The university says it was a hard-fought competition with major defense contractors that compete for these contracts for a living.

U.S. Sen. Daniel Inouye's spokesman Peter Boylan says losing the bid is disappointing.

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