Supply High Performance Computer System
The Bristol Centre for Synthetic Biology (BrisSynBio, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/brissynbio) wishes to acquire a dedicated High Performance Computer (HPC) system for life-sciences / synthetic biology applications that will complement and may be loosely integrated with the existing University of Bristol BlueCrystal Phase3 HPC system.
United Kingdom-Bristol: Super computer
Section I: Contracting authority
I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)
University of Bristol
Procurement, 1 to 9 Old Park Hill
For the attention of: Mr Matthew Coote
BS2 8BB Bristol
Telephone: +44 1173317294
I.2)Type of the contracting authority
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities
Section II: Object of the contract
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Main site or location of works, place of delivery or of performance: University of Bristol.
NUTS code UKK11
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
The Bristol Centre for Synthetic Biology (BrisSynBio, http://www.bristol.ac.uk/brissynbio) wishes to acquire a dedicated High Performance Computer (HPC) system for life-sciences / synthetic biology applications that will complement and may be loosely integrated with the existing University of Bristol BlueCrystal Phase3 HPC system (https://www.acrc.bris.ac.uk/acrc/phase3.htm).
The sum of GBP 260 000 excl. VAT is available to acquire the BrisSynBio HPC system. We require that the BrisSynBio HPC System be a heterogeneous cluster with elements to provide:
— GPU-like accelerator capability supporting both CUDA and OpenCL-based applications,
— high performance MPI capability,
— high performance disk capability,
— high availability,
— all equipment must fit into the University’s APC InfrastruXureTM hot aisle containment systems.
We envisage that the ideal solution for the BrisSynBio HPC System will have elements to provide:
— a 64-bit architecture,
— either a redundant set of combined management /login nodes, or a set of redundant management nodes and a set of redundant login nodes,
— the management/login nodes will be fault tolerant and resilient,
— a minimum of 600 x86 cores in the compute nodes,
— a minimum of 8 GPU accelerator cards capable of running applications based on CUDA and OpenCL,
— Gigabit Ethernet or more for the internal administration network and the default cluster interconnect,
— a high performance, low-latency interconnect for MPI traffic and I/O,
— a minimum of 40 TB of usable disk storage,
— a scalable storage subsystem suitable for a large HPC cluster that >> is fast, robust, resilient, highly available, easy to maintain and that may provide options for integrating with the existing Panasas storage solution used on Bluecrystal Phase3,
— Scientific Linux OS,
— cluster management software,
— user job management software with resource usage reporting capabilities,
— appropriate compilers and libraries,
— all supplied software to be licensed for at least 3 years,
— 3 years maintenance on all hardware and software components starting from day of acceptance,
— options for a fourth year maintenance extension for the management/login nodes, networking and storage infrastructure.
II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)
II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Estimated value excluding VAT: 260 000 GBP
II.2.2)Information about options
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information
III.1.1)Deposits and guarantees required:
III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: See Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents.
See Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents.
Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
See Invitation to Tender (ITT) documents.
Section IV: Procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Section VI: Complementary information
VI.1)Information about recurrence
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
Interested parties should register on the University’s online tender portal, ProContract at the following link:
The ITT documents can then be downloaded from ProContract. Your tender response must be submitted via ProContract by the deadline specified in Section IV.3.4.
The University will not short list any supplier to be invited to tender where any of the reasons detailed in Section 23(1) of UK Statutory Instrument 2006 No.5 ‘The Public Contracts Regulations 2006′ are deemed to apply.
The University shall have no liability for any costs, expenses, fees or charges (including third party charges) by those expressing interest in and/or pre-qualifying for and/or tendering for this opportunity. No contract (whether implied or otherwise) shall exist between any bidder and the University until such time as a contract is awarded to a successful bidder. The University reserves the right to make any changes to the procurement as it may require at any time with no liability on its part (including to change, suspend, stop or terminate the process and not award a contract and/or to reject any or all bids at any time).
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice: