Supplies - 256030-2017

05/07/2017    S126    - - Supplies - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

France-Paris: Super computer

2017/S 126-256030

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Supplies

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Grand équipement national de calcul intensif (GENCI)
12 rue de l'Église
Paris
75015
France
E-mail: achat@genci.fr
NUTS code: FR101

Internet address(es):

Main address: http://www.genci.fr

I.1)Name and addresses
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)
12 rue de l'Eglise
Paris
75015
France
E-mail: achat@genci.fr
NUTS code: FR101

Internet address(es):

Main address: https://www.bsc.es/

I.1)Name and addresses
Cineca
12 rue de l'Eglise
Paris
75015
France
E-mail: achat@genci.fr
NUTS code: FR101

Internet address(es):

Main address: https://www.cineca.it/

I.1)Name and addresses
Forschungszentrum Jülich, Jülich Supercomputing Centre
12 rue de l'Eglise
Paris
75015
France
E-mail: achat@genci.fr
NUTS code: FR101

Internet address(es):

Main address: http://www.fz-juelich.de/ias/jsc/EN/Home/home_node.html

I.2)Joint procurement
The contract involves joint procurement
In the case of joint procurement involving different countries, state applicable national procurement law:

French procurement law.

I.3)Communication
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: research

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement
II.1.1)Title:

Joint procurement for high performance IT equipment for European supercomputing centres.

II.1.2)Main CPV code
30211100
II.1.3)Type of contract
Supplies
II.1.4)Short description:

This procurement takes place within the PPI4HPC project funded by the European Commission under the call EINFRA-21-2017. It involves four public procurers (BSC, CINECA, FZJ/JSC and GENCI) located in four different countries (Spain, Italy, Germany and France) working together in a joint procurement. The purpose of the procurement is, for each public procurer, to buy an innovative high performance supercomputer and/or an innovative high performance storage system that will be integrated in their computing centre. These systems are expected to be deployed in the 2019-2021 time frame. In combination these systems should allow to cover a large range of applications including traditional HPC applications, HPDA and AI. These systems are furthermore supposed to address common topics of innovation.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 73 000 000.00 EUR
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: yes
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Compute and storage infrastructure for high performance data analytics

Lot No: 1
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
30211300
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: ES
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

BSC will acquire in this lot a compute and storage infrastructure for high performance data analytics, to be installed during the first half of 2019. The BSC HPDA infrastructure will combine compute nodes with innovative storage technologies like NVRAM in conjunction storage technologies in place at BSC, like normal hard drives and tape infrastructure, configured in a tiered storage solution to store hundreds of petabytes of scientific data.

For the storage part, an innovative Tiered storage solution will be expected scalable to hundreds of petabytes, being able to feed and provide data to the different BSC HPC and HPDA resources for the actual and further years inside the pre-exascale era.

For the compute part, a High performance for data analytics infrastructure will be acquired to complement actual BSC HPC productions clusters, which will pre or post process simulations' data with new Big Data or Analytics paradigms and algorithms.

Innovative solutions for massive data storage and tiering will be expected for this lot.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Supercomputer with innovative support for data-intensive applications

Lot No: 2
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
30200000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: DE
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The goal of the lot is to procure a high-performance computing resource that is planned to be installed at Jülich Supercomputing Centre's (JSC) supercomputing facility by the end of 2020. The system will replace the currently operated JURECA cluster and must be able to execute the diverse workloads of this system with significantly higher performance and energy efficiency. In addition, the system shall have architectural features specifically targeted at data intense science. In particular, JSC expects the system to integrate dense memory technologies into its memory hierarchy and expose this memory to applications through novel APIs. The system is expected to be connected to the central storage subsystem in the JSC facility with high bandwidth.

Besides the dense memory integration, JSC expects innovative hardware and software solutions offering high energy efficiency as well as improved facility integration (e.g., improved power monitoring and control) and application performance monitoring capabilities.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

Evolution of the Tier-0 system towards Exascale architectures

Lot No: 3
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
30200000
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: IT
II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The goal of the lot is to procure a new supercomputing system that will replace the throughput partition of MARCONI installed in the CINECA's data centre. With the deploy of the new system, targeted in the second part of 2019, CINECA aims to reach a computing power of the order of tens PFlops featuring node architecture that maximize the performance throughput per energy unit. The new system will support the CINECA's commitment to provide leading edge innovative computing resources to European research as a PRACE Tier-0 hosting member.

The procured resource integrated in the MARCONI infrastructure will represent a new step towards the architectural convergence between high performance computing and high performance data analytics (data-centric architecture) and will be able to run computing and data intensive workloads, with particular relevance towards high energy efficiency solutions. In this regard, the system will benefit from innovative hardware and software solutions that aim to reduce power consumption, improve power management, enhance I/O performance, to help making supercomputing sustainable toward exascale for a broad range of scientific application.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:

High performance and energy efficient computing systems towards the convergence between HPC, HPDA and AI

Lot No: 4
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
30211100
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: FR104
Main site or place of performance:

CEA DAM Ile-De-France, TGCC (Très Grand Centre de calcul du CEA), Chemin Grand Rué, 91680 Bruyères Le Châtel France.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

The goal of the lot is to increase, during the second half of 2019, the computing power installed in the TGCC (Très Grand Centre de Calcul du CEA, located near Paris) and made available to French and European researchers. In the range of several tens of Petaflop/s new HPC and data resources will be seamlessly integrated with the system installed in early 2018 in the same location. The new system will provide a balanced architecture for scientific applications, including very high IO bandwidth connection to the storage system of the TGCC.

In order to fulfil such requirements and to achieve high energy efficiency together with excellent TCO performance ratio towards exascale systems, GENCI expects innovative solutions both in terms of hardware (processors, interconnection network…) and in terms of software (novel programming models….) as well as a strong support from the provider especially during the early operation of the new system including contribution to application porting and optimization.

II.2.14)Additional information
II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
02/04/2018

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

This joint procurement aims at fostering:

— Science and engineering applications in Europe within PRACE, the pan-European HPC infrastructure by providing more computing resources.

— R&I on HPC architectures and technologies in Europe, strengthened by this joint procurement and the coordinated deployment of supercomputer incorporating innovative solutions which will require strong relationship and possibly collaboration between the procurers and the suppliers for large scale testing, tuning and maturation.

— A greater weight and more impact on common topics of innovation and on the design of the solutions according to the need of scientists and engineers in Europe by a coordinated approach.

The procedure expected to be used is the competitive dialogue (‘Dialogue compétitif’ as defined in the article 42 of the French Ordinance n.2015-899 dated 23.7.2015) organised as a joint procurement (‘Groupement de commandes’ as defined in the article 28 of the French Ordinance n.2015-899 dated 23.7.2015). The procurement will be conducted by GENCI, acting as the lead procurer in the name and on behalf of the four contracting authorities, until the invitation by the lead procurer to participate in the dialogue. The dialogue itself will be conducted independently by each public procurer for its own lot. French law will govern all the procurement procedure. The performance of each lot is subject to the national law of the respective public procurer.

The public procurers involved in the procurement are willing to inform the market in advance about their expectations and plans and to gather feedback from the market on them. Therefore, an Open Dialogue Event (ODE) will take place on 6.9.2017 in Brussels. All interested possible suppliers are invited to participate to this event. Specific details (contact point, agenda, registration information…) will be provided by 3.7.2017 on the web site of the project (http://www.ppi4hpc.eu or https://www.ppi4hpc.eu). In addition, one to one meetings will be organized with each supplier wishing to do so during 28.9.2017-29.9.2017 and 4.10.2017-6.10.2017. Details on the organization of these meetings will be provided on the web site of the project.

This procurement receives funding under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the grant agreement No 754271. The EU is however not participating as a contracting authority in this procurement.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
30/06/2017