United Kingdom-Reading: Computer equipment and supplies
Section I: Contracting authority
Main address: https://www.ecmwf.int/
Address of the buyer profile: http://procurement.ecmwf.int/
Section II: Object
Procurement of a High Performance Computing Facility (HPCF)
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.
At ECMWF's data centre in Bologna, Italy
ECMWF acquired its existing high-performance computing resources under an agreement that is scheduled to expire at the end of September 2020. The final configuration delivered under this agreement comprises two Cray XC systems each with 3600 36-core application nodes. 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.
ECMWF’s intention is to procure the HPCF by means of a service contract that delivers a flat performance profile over the duration of the service and 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. ECMWF has an option for an extension of the current contract on a monthly or quarterly basis, that can be used to provide flexibility in the start of the operational service period for the replacement HPCF.
The IFS RAPS benchmark (RAPS18u2.1), 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 email@example.com
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.
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
Section IV: Procedure
Section VI: Complementary 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 are 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.
Internet address: https://www.ecmwf.int/en/about/suppliers