In the context of the Call N° 10 - FP7-INFRASTRUCTURES-2012-1 of the Framework Programme in agreement with the European Commission’s Policy concerning HPC and as a means for PRACE to take a leading position in the provision of HPC High end systems and innovative technology, a group of PRACE Project 3IP Partners has agreed that a joint HPC Pre-Commercial Procurement pilot will be conducted for a first time by a multi-country, multi-partner consortium within the PRACE 3rd Implementation Phase project PRACE-3IP.
CINECA, a not for profit consortium with legal personality incorporated under Italian law (Consorzio Interuniversitario) with registered office in Casalecchio di Reno (BO) (Italy), Via Magnanelli 6/3, C.F. and Chamber of Commerce registration number CCIAA 00317740371, VAT number 00502591209, partner of the PRACE-3IP project, is acting as the Procuring Entity in its own name and on its own behalf as well as in name and on behalf of the following entities, which shall be third party beneficiaries of the outcome of the PCP:
Together with CINECA these entities form the “Group of Procurers” (or GOP) and are referred to individually as "GOP Member".
It is also noted that the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe, PRACE AISBL, has participated in the preparation of the PCP, is acting as an observer and it is supporting its implementation as an advisory entity.
Goals of the PCP
The main constraint related to the upgrade of the HPC infrastructures today is the availability and cost (both economically and ecologically) of the energy required to power and cool new more performing supercomputers. This has been identified as one of the major challenges to address in the design and the operation of future multi-Petascale and Exascale HPC systems by multiple international expert reports (IESP, EESI). Consequently by means of this PCP, solutions are sought for a “Whole System Design for Energy Efficient HPC”. Energy efficiency cannot be ascribed to a single aspect of a system, but should be addressed at all levels, from the material science in the transistor design to thermo-hydraulic engineering for the design of the cooling system or even computational. The goal of this PCP is to procure R&D services that result in highly energy efficient HPC system components that are integrated into an HPC architecture which is capable of providing a floating-point peak performance of up to 100 PFlop/s. Energy efficiency must be demonstrated by measuring total energy-to-solution for a representative set of scientific HPC applications on a self-contained pilot system. This pilot system has to be deployed and operated as a “pre-production” system at the site of a PRACE member.
Legal framework of the PRACE-3IP PCP
This tender procedure is based on the implementation of the awarding procedures for PCP call for tenders, as set forth in the EC Communication COM (2007) 799 “Pre-commercial Procurement: Driving innovation to ensure sustainable high quality public services in Europe” and by the EC staff working document SEC (2007) 1668 “Example of a possible approach for procuring R&D services applying risk-benefit sharing at market conditions, i.e. pre-commercial procurement”. The entire PCP procedure will be carried out under Italian law.
Organisation of the PCP
Tenderers are invited to tender for the provision of research and development services to seek solutions for a:
"Whole System Design for Energy Efficient HPC"
The maximum budget allocated by the GOP for the whole of the PCP is € 9,000,000.00 (nine million Euro), excluding VAT.
The PCP procedure is articulated in two stages:
Instruction to tenderers
To enter in this PCP, economic operators must register via a specific form accessible from the menu entry 'register' of the panel 'User Login' in this home page.
The registrant will receive a username and a password for accessing the secure competition web site where the documents, agreements and forms related to the PCP are stored.
Tenders must be delivered and reach the Procuring Entity no later than 13:00 (CET) on February 24, 2014 exclusively to the following address:CINECA Ufficio Gare Via Magnanelli 6/3 I-40033 Casalecchio di Reno (BO) Italy
Envelopes received after this deadline will not be admitted.
Please note: The last date to register in order to get access to the secure web site and the above documents is seven (7) days prior the deadline for Bid submission.