Supplies - 114236-2019

12/03/2019    S50    - - Supplies - Contract notice - Open procedure 

United Kingdom-Swindon: Super computer

2019/S 050-114236

Contract notice

Supplies

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) — Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1FL
United Kingdom
Contact person: Allan Evett
E-mail: allan.evett@uksbs.co.uk
NUTS code: UKK14

Internet address(es):

Main address: https://epsrc.ukri.org/

Address of the buyer profile: https://www.uksbs.co.uk/

I.2)Information about joint procurement
I.3)Communication
Access to the procurement documents is restricted. Further information can be obtained at: https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/emptoris/post_login.jsp#/login/loginPage
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted to the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Scientific Research

Section II: Object

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

UKSBS PR17125 ARCHER 2 Hardware

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

Please see II.2.4) for full information.

Summary: UKRI — EPSRC, as managing agent for the national HPC facility on behalf of the other Research Councils, is tendering contracts for 3 elements of the ARCHER2 facility; the hardware (to be based in Edinburgh); the Service Provision which manages academic access to the facility and the helpdesk; and the computational science and engineering (CSE) support which provides software development and training and support to users of the facility to enable their codes to run as effectively as possible. The hardware element of the ARCHER2 service will provide the compute resource, maintenance and support including storage and network connectivity to provide enhanced provision of HPC hardware for academic scientific research. Estimated value of opportunity — 48 000 000 GBP including VAT and all applicable duties and taxes for years 1-4, plus optional year 5 maintenance and support (est. 2 400 000 GBP inc. VAT). Net values: 40 000 000 GBP years 1-4, 2 000 000 GBP optional year 5.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 42 000 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2)Description
II.2.1)Title:
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKM75
Main site or place of performance:

Advanced Computing Facility (ACF), Edinburgh.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

UK Research & Innovation (UKRI) — Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) manages the ARCHER supercomputer service on behalf of the high performance computing (HPC) scientific user communities.

This multi-million pound investment, which commenced service in 2013, provides national capability for scientific research across the HEI sector requiring access to high performance computing resources. Supporting a community of academic researchers across the UK, ARCHER provides a prestigious national Tier 1 compute resource for scientific endeavour. As provider of the national HPC service supporting researchers in diverse scientific fields, EPSRC currently manages the provision and support of the ARCHER service. A future capital investment will secure the next generation of HPC service and ensure provision of new HPC architecture capable of addressing the demands of increasing complexity in scientific research.

The overall vision for ARCHER2 is to build on the existing Tier 1 and Tier 2 investments in national HPC facilities so that the UK is a recognised leader on the international scene for computational science and engineering. In order to achieve this, UK researchers must be able to carry out internationally competitive research across the remits of EPSRC, NERC and beyond. The benefits of the UK being world leading in computational science and engineering will be realised through:

— the enhanced reputation of the UK in science and engineering as a whole,

— the increased ability of UK researchers to make valuable contributions to the solution of complex scientific challenges and to the generation of quality scientific outputs,

— increased attractiveness of UK researchers as partners in high profile international collaborations and improved access to large HPC resources in other countries.

EPSRC, as managing agent for the national HPC facility on behalf of the other Research Councils, is looking to tender contracts for 3 elements of the ARCHER2 facility: the hardware (to be based in Edinburgh); the service provision which manages academic access to the facility and the helpdesk; and the computational science and engineering (CSE) support which provides software development and training and support to users of the facility to enable their codes to run as effectively as possible. The hardware element of the ARCHER2 service will provide the compute resource, maintenance and support including storage and network connectivity to provide enhanced provision of HPC hardware for academic scientific research. The maximum budget for years 1-4 including VAT and all applicable duties and taxes is 48 000 000 GBP. There will be an optional 1-year extension period for maintenance and support, including associated services, which will be priced as part of this procurement (estimated 1 500 000 GBP — 2 000 000 GBP ex VAT).

II.2.5)Award criteria
Price is not the only award criterion and all criteria are stated only in the procurement documents
II.2.6)Estimated value
Value excluding VAT: 42 000 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 48
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

There will be an optional 1-year extension period which will be priced as part of this procurement.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
II.2.12)Information about electronic catalogues
II.2.13)Information about European Union funds
The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
II.2.14)Additional information

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions for participation
III.1.1)Suitability to pursue the professional activity, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
List and brief description of conditions:

N/a.

III.1.2)Economic and financial standing
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.3)Technical and professional ability
Selection criteria as stated in the procurement documents
III.1.5)Information about reserved contracts
III.2)Conditions related to the contract
III.2.2)Contract performance conditions:

See procurement documentation.

III.2.3)Information about staff responsible for the performance of the contract

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Description
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
IV.1.4)Information about reduction of the number of solutions or tenders during negotiation or dialogue
IV.1.6)Information about electronic auction
IV.1.8)Information about the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: yes
IV.2)Administrative information
IV.2.1)Previous publication concerning this procedure
Notice number in the OJ S: 2018/S 199-450168
IV.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 29/05/2019
Local time: 14:00
IV.2.3)Estimated date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.2.4)Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted:
English
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 29/05/2019
Local time: 14:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about electronic workflows
VI.3)Additional information:

To participate in this tender participants shall first be registered on the e-Sourcing Suite. If bidders have not yet registered on the e-Sourcing Suite, this can be done online at https://gpsesourcing.cabinetoffice.gov.uk by following the link “Register for CCS eSourcing”. Please note that, to register, bidders must have a valid DUNS number (as provided by Dun and Bradstreet) for the organisation which you are registering, who will be entering into a contract if invited to do so.

Note: registration may take some time please ensure that you allow a sufficient amount of time to register.

Full instructions for registration and use of the system can be found at http://ccs.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/i-amsupplier/respondtender

Once you have registered on the e-Sourcing Suite, a registered user can express an interest for a specific procurement. This is done by emailing ExpressionOfInterest@ccs.gsi.gov.uk. Your email must clearly state the name and reference for the procurement you wish to register for (for this pre market engagement the reference is UKSBS PR17125 Hardware); your organisations full name as a registered supplier; the name and contact details for the registered individual sending the email.

Crown Commercial Service (CCS) will process the email and then enable the bidder to access the procurement online via the e-Sourcing Suite.

The registered user will receive a notification email to alert them once this has been done. As a user of the e-Sourcing Suite you will have access to Emptoris email messaging service which facilitates all messages sent to you and from you in relation to any specific RFX event. Please note it is your responsibility to access these emails on a regular basis to ensure you have sight of all relevant information applicable to this opportunity.

For technical assistance on use of the e-Sourcing Suite please contact Crown Commercial Service (CCS) Helpdesk (Not UK SBS Ltd): freephone: 0345010 3503 email: supplier@ccs.gsi.gov.uk

Training support to respond to a requirement is available to bidders at: http://www.uksbs.co.uk/services/procure/Pages/supplier.aspx

VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
UK Shared Business Services Limited
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1FF
United Kingdom
E-mail: majorprojects@uksbs.co.uk

Internet address: www.uksbs.co.uk

VI.4.2)Body responsible for mediation procedures
UK Shared Business Services Limited
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1FF
United Kingdom
E-mail: majorprojects@uksbs.co.uk

Internet address: www.uksbs.co.uk

VI.4.3)Review procedure
VI.4.4)Service from which information about the review procedure may be obtained
UK Shared Business Services Limited
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
Swindon
SN2 1FF
United Kingdom
E-mail: majorprojects@uksbs.co.uk

Internet address: www.uksbs.co.uk

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
07/03/2019