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Supplies - 568376-2020

Submission deadline has been amended by:  26457-2021
25/11/2020    S230

United Kingdom-Southampton: Super computer

2020/S 230-568376

Contract notice


Legal Basis:
Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name and addresses
Official name: National Oceanography Centre
Postal address: European Way
Town: Southampton
NUTS code: UKJ32 Southampton
Postal code: SO14 3ZH
Country: United Kingdom
Contact person: Philip Bartlett
Internet address(es):
Main address:
Address of the buyer profile:
The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge, at:
Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address
Tenders or requests to participate must be submitted electronically via:
I.4)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.5)Main activity
Other activity: Other research and experimental development on natural sciences and engineering

Section II: Object

II.1)Scope of the procurement

NOC HPC Replacement

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

We are seeking to replace two existing machines with a single NOC-wide facility that will be hosted within the NOC Southampton server room. Typical jobs may be 100-200 core MPI parallelised instances of NEMO, occasionally 300-500 core.

II.1.5)Estimated total value
Value excluding VAT: 500 000.00 GBP
II.1.6)Information about lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.2.2)Additional CPV code(s)
30211100 Super computer
II.2.3)Place of performance
NUTS code: UKJ32 Southampton
Main site or place of performance:

European way, SO14 3ZH.

II.2.4)Description of the procurement:

For the previous 6 years, NOC has owned and used two local HPC machines (‘Mobilis’ [1152 core (~22 Tflops), Intel-based] and ‘Mobius’ [1024 + 256 core (6 + 1.5 T flops), AMD-based]), sited in Southampton and Liverpool respectively, to undertake model development. Both machines are now at end-of-life and need replacing. NOC is seeking bids to replace it's existing two machines with a single machine that will be hosted at our Southampton site.

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: 500 000.00 GBP
II.2.7)Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system
Duration in months: 36
This contract is subject to renewal: yes
Description of renewals:

Support and maintenance for up to 2 further years.

II.2.10)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2.11)Information about options
Options: no
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.1.2)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

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open procedure
IV.1.3)Information about a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system
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.2.2)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
Date: 08/01/2021
Local time: 12:00
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:
IV.2.6)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Tender must be valid until: 26/03/2021
IV.2.7)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 08/01/2021
Local time: 12:00

Section VI: Complementary information

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

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VI.4)Procedures for review
VI.4.1)Review body
Official name: Public Procurement Review Service
Postal address: Cabinet Office
Town: London
Country: United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 3450103503
Internet address:
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: