Services - 270732-2018

23/06/2018    S119    - - Services - Prior information notice without call for competition - Not applicable 

United Kingdom-Reading: Computer equipment and supplies

2018/S 119-270732

Prior information notice

This notice is for prior information only

Services

Legal Basis:

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF)
Shinfield Park
Reading
RG2 9AX
United Kingdom
E-mail: sec270@lists.ecmwf.int
NUTS code: UKJ11

Internet address(es):

Main address: https://www.ecmwf.int/

Address of the buyer profile: http://procurement.ecmwf.int/

I.2)Information about joint procurement
I.3)Communication
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
European institution/agency or international organisation
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Meteorological Services

Section II: Object

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

Procurement of a High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF)

Reference number: ECMWF/ITT/2018/270
II.1.2)Main CPV code
30200000
II.1.3)Type of contract
Services
II.1.4)Short description:

The purpose of this ITT is to procure a High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF) for the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts (ECMWF).

The replacement HPCF will be installed in ECMWF’s new data centre in Bologna, Italy and will run in parallel with the existing HPCF until the end of September 2020. It will then provide a production service to the end of the contract period, September 2024.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
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: ITH55
Main site or place of performance:

At ECMWF's data centre in Bologna, Italy

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

ECMWF’s existing high performance computing resources were acquired under an agreement that is scheduled to expire at the end of September 2020. The final configuration delivered under this agreement comprises 2 Cray XC systems each with 3600 36-core application nodes. More information on ECMWF's current HPCF can be found here: https://www.ecmwf.int/en/computing/our-facilities/supercomputer

The replacement HPCF will be installed in ECMWF’s new data centre in Bologna, Italy and will run in parallel with the existing HPCF until the end of September 2020. It will then provide a production service to the end of the contract period, September 2024.

The IFS RAPS benchmark (RAPS18), which will be used to assess performance of systems bid in response to this ITT, has been released. For instructions on accessing the benchmark code please email ecbench@lists.ecmwf.int

ECMWF’s intent is to procure the HPCF by means of a service contract that includes the provision / removal of hardware together with other items such as software licences and upgrades, hardware and software maintenance, support, training and migration assistance.

As an operational weather forecasting centre, ECMWF has obligations to provide meteorological products to a tight schedule and strives to be as environmentally responsible as possible. Great store is put on providing an efficient and resilient HPCF to ensure that the products are delivered on time.

II.2.14)Additional information

See Section VI.3.

The estimated date of publication of the contract notice, referred to in Section II.3, is the earliest possible date.

II.3)Estimated date of publication of contract notice:
24/09/2018

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: no

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.3)Additional information:

The procurement for the contract will be conducted in accordance with ECMWF's procedures as set out in ECMWF's Invitation to Tender documents, which will be available on ECMWF's eProcurement Portal (http://procurement.ecmwf.int/) and no other procedures will apply. In submitting this notice ECMWF does not waive the privileges and immunities granted to it by virtue of its status as an Intergovernmental Organisation or submit itself to any jurisdiction. Tenders must be submitted using ECMWF's eProcurement Portal. Hard copy (paper) submissions will not be accepted.

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:
21/06/2018