Met Office Supercomputer Enhancement
This Supercomputer Enhancement Project will provide a new HPC system to replace the IBM Power7 system at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter.
United Kingdom-Exeter: Super computer
Section I: Contracting authority
Procurement, Fitzroy Road
For the attention of: Mr Jason Malpas
EX1 3PB Exeter
Telephone: +44 1392885065
Fax: +44 1133362431
Address of the buyer profile: https://tenders.metoffice.gov.uk/procontract/metoffice/supplier.nsf/frm_home?openForm
Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: Met Office
Internet address: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/contracts
Section II: Object of the contract
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: Exeter.
NUTS code UKK4
In recognition of the importance of HPC to the Met Office an HPC Programme (including this Supercomputer Enhancement Project) has been established. This Programme has a vision to deliver a step change in UK Government HPC capability that enables exploitation of:
— Higher resolution, ensemble models to give improved risk based local predictions of weather and impacts on safety of UK citizens and the efficient operation of the UK economy, globally;
— Improved capabilities in Seasonal to Climate timescales enabling improved planning decisions that maximise the resilience of the public and national infrastructure and wider UK economy on these time horizons;
— Greater collaboration in operational environmental modelling services across UK Government.
This Supercomputer Enhancement Project will provide a new HPC system to replace the IBM Power7 system at the Met Office headquarters in Exeter. The Met Office currently has 2 large clusters in separate IT Halls with a disk storage system accessible by both clusters, together with a 3rd outward-facing cluster in support of our partnerships with the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). It is expected that a primary dual system in support of the Met Office’s Operational business plus a third system in part to support growing partnerships will remain a feature of any future system. The third system is likely to be offsite in a new 3rd IT Hall which will be operational in late 2016.
The Met Office is seeking a Supplier to supply, deliver, install, commission, integrate and in conjunction with the Met Office facilitate the acceptance of all hardware and software. The successful Supplier will provide training, documentation and appropriate support during the installation and commissioning phase. The Supplier will also provide support and maintenance for the system during its life of the contract following full acceptance in to operational service and will decommission and dispose of the system at the end of the contract.
Expressions of interest are being sought from Suppliers who can demonstrate that their HPC systems are a core component of their organisation’s solution portfolio and who can also demonstrate a proven track record of successful implementations of large HPC systems to organisations with a demanding workload. Interested suppliers should request a Pre-Qualification Questionnaire (PQQ).
Bid documentation is available online through the Met Office’s eTendering portal accessed through the following URL: http://www.metoffice.gov.uk/about-us/contracts
It is anticipated that the procured HPC system, together with any appropriately and separately funded technology refreshes and upgrades, will meet the Authority’s needs at least up to or beyond 2020, with a 5 year support and maintenance contract commencing at acceptance of each phase.
The actual contract length and implementation dates will be part of the dialogue process.
The contract may be extended by up to a further 2 years if the Authority wishes to extend the life of the system, subject to any additional approvals and funding that may be required. To provide the flexibility for future business growth, the new HPC system will need to be readily scalable, allowing the Authority to purchase incremental capacity during the lifetime of the contract. Details of the maximum envisaged size of such an expansion will be clarified in the Operational Requirement.
The estimated value below represents a capital investment figure of GBP 75,000,000.00 and operational expenditure of GBP 30,000,000.00.
Estimated value excluding VAT: 105 000 000 GBP
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
As per the requests in the Pre-Qualification Questionnaire.
Section IV: Procedure
Prior information notice
Notice number in the OJEU: 2012/S 167-276966 of 31.8.2012
Section VI: Complementary information