In this lot, BSC will acquire storage and computing infrastructure for high-performance data analytics to be installed during the second half of 2019. The BSC HPDA infrastructure will combine compute nodes with innovative storage technologies like NVRAM in conjunction with storage technologies already in place at BSC, such as 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 scalable to hundreds of petabytes is expected. It will feed and provide data to the different BSC HPC and HPDA resources now and in the years to come during the pre-exascale period.
For the compute part, a high-performance data analytics infrastructure will be acquired to complement installed BSC HPC production clusters. They will pre- or post-process simulation data with new big data or analytics paradigms and algorithms.
Innovative solutions for massive data storage and tiering are expected for this lot.
Additional information under this section and the contract notice in its entirety are available on the PPI4HPC website at the following address: https://ppi4hpc.eu
For lot 1, one economic operator was selected, as it was the only that presented to this lot. The dialogue phase started with a first context meeting on 23 November 2018 and end of January 2019 as deadline to provide the first offer.
The first session of dialogue took place on 1 March 2019, providing feedback on the first offer received. During this meeting a new deadline was set to the company to provide next offer: April 1.
The second session of dialogue took place on 7 May 2019, and the final technical specifications were delivered to the company for providing their final offer(s) with a deadline to deliver its final offer before 7 June 2019.
Mid July 2019 the evaluation of the final offer was finished, allowing to start with the awarding process. Awarding process start of September. Contract was finally signed on 18 September 2019.
Contract implementation will consist of a deployment phase (which is expected to be completed 3 months after contract award) and an operational validation phase of 6 months — during which the solutions will be evaluated in real-life operational conditions).
Evaluation will be done by BSC during deploy phase.