Supply Super Computer Hardware and Software

Supply Super Computer Hardware and Software

EPSRC, as managing agent for the national HPC facility on behalf of the other Research Councils, is
now inviting bids for the hardware element for Phase one of the facility – this includes software, maintenance and deep CSE support for an initial four year period with an option to extend this for a fifth year. Phase 1 has a budget of 23m pounds sterling (in FY 13/14) inclusive of associated services, duties and VAT.

UK-Swindon: Super computer

2012/S 244-401398

Contract notice

Supplies

Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

I.1)Name, addresses and contact point(s)

RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd
North Star House, North Star Avenue
Contact point(s): Major Projects Procurement – Buyer046
SN2 1FF Swindon
UNITED KINGDOM
E-mail: buyer046@ssc.rcuk.ac.uk

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority: www.ssc.rcuk.ac.uk

Address of the buyer profile: www.ssc.rcuk.ac.uk/procure/pages/default.aspx

Electronic access to information: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/pubs/tenders/Pages/archer.aspx

Electronic submission of tenders and requests to participate: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/pubs/tenders/Pages/archer.aspx

Further information can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Specifications and additional documents (including documents for competitive dialogue and a dynamic purchasing system) can be obtained from: The above mentioned contact point(s)

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to: The above mentioned contact point(s)

I.2)Type of the contracting authority
Body governed by public law
I.3)Main activity
Other: Scientific Research
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

The contracting authority is purchasing on behalf of other contracting authorities: yes

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
Polaris House, North Star Avenue
SN2 1ET Swindon

Section II: Object of the contract

II.1)Description
II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:
PR120038: ARCHER HPC Facility – Hardware
II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance
Supplies
Purchase
NUTS code UKM23
II.1.3)Information about a public contract, a framework agreement or a dynamic purchasing system (DPS)
The notice involves a public contract
II.1.4)Information on framework agreement
II.1.5)Short description of the contract or purchase(s)
In December 2011, the Minister for Science announced a new 158m pounds sterling capital
investment in e-infrastructure which included 43m pounds sterling for ARCHER, the next national HPC facility for academic research.
The overall vision for ARCHER is to build on the existing investments in national HPC facilities so that the UK is a recognised leader on the international scene for computational science and engineering. In order to achieve this, UK researchers must be able to carry out internationally competitive research across the remit of EPSRC, NERC and BBSRC.
EPSRC, as managing agent for the national HPC facility on behalf of the other Research Councils, is
now inviting bids for the hardware element for Phase one of the facility – this includes software, maintenance and deep CSE support for an initial four year period with an option to extend this for a fifth year. Phase 1 has a budget of 23m pounds sterling (in FY 13/14) inclusive of associated services, duties and VAT.
Bidders should be aware that Phase 2 of ARCHER planned for FY 14/15 has a budget of 10m pounds sterling – this Phase 2 has yet to be specified. This may be subject to a separate competition unless a suitable costing mechanism is included in the Phase 1 contract.
In addition to Phases 1 and 2, and subject to review by the Council this contract may be extended for a further three years should additional sums of up to 20m pounds sterling become available during the initial or extended period.
Bid documentation is available at: http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/pubs/tenders/Pages/archer.aspx

Interested bidders should notify the contact point detailed at I.1 to ensure that they are invited to the Suppliers briefing session on the 10 January 2012 and are notified of any additional information provided during the tender period.

II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

30211100, 30211300, 30233100, 48980000, 72200000, 72611000

II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)
The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes
II.1.8)Lots
This contract is divided into lots: no
II.1.9)Information about variants
Variants will be accepted: no
II.2)Quantity or scope of the contract
II.2.1)Total quantity or scope:
Supply of a HPC system including software, maintenance and deep CSE support for an initial period of 4/5 years.
II.2.2)Information about options
Options: yes
Description of these options: The option may exist to extend the duration (currently 4/5 years) and scope of supply (currently funding of up to 33m pounds sterling) for an additional 3 year period should additional funding of up to 20m pounds sterling become available during the initial period.
II.2.3)Information about renewals
This contract is subject to renewal: no
II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion
Duration in months: 60 (from the award of the contract)

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
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.1.4)Other particular conditions
The performance of the contract is subject to particular conditions: no
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Personal situation of economic operators, including requirements relating to enrolment on professional or trade registers
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See tender documentation available at:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/pubs/tenders/Pages/archer.aspx
III.2.2)Economic and financial ability
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See tender documentation available at:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/pubs/tenders/Pages/archer.aspx

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: The financial standing of the Potential Provider (inc consortia members/sub-contractors if relevant) must be adequate to meet the requirement. If a Potential Provider is identified as having a high financial risk/low credit score the Authority reserves to right to disqualify the Potential Provider from the sourcing process.
Also see tender documentation available at:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/pubs/tenders/Pages/archer.aspx

III.2.3)Technical capacity
Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See tender documentation available at:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/pubs/tenders/Pages/archer.aspx

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required:
The prime contractor must have previous experience of providing high performance computing hardware to a level where this would be considered to rate in the top 100 of a published the Top500 list for within the last year.(http://www.top500.org/lists)

The prime contractor and any consortia members/sub-contractors if relevant must evidence a positive track record in meeting contractual milestones for installation and acceptance or, where that has not occurred, the Authority must be satisfied that the reason or reasons why that has not occurred in relation to any such contract, will not recur in the performance of the contract to be awarded.
The prime contractor and any consortia members/sub-contractors if relevant must evidence a positive track record in meeting on-going service levels for reliability/performance or, where that has not occurred, the Authority must be satisfied that the reason or reasons why that has not occurred in relation to any such contract, will not recur in the performance of the contract to be awarded.
The prime contractor and any consortia members/sub-contractors if relevant must evidence a positive track record in meeting any other contractual obligations or, where that has not occurred, the Authority must be satisfied that the reason or reasons why that has not occurred in relation to any such contract, will not recur in the performance of the contract to be awarded.
Also see tender documentation available at:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/pubs/tenders/Pages/archer.aspx

III.2.4)Information about reserved contracts
III.3)Conditions specific to services contracts
III.3.1)Information about a particular profession
Execution of the service is reserved to a particular profession: no
III.3.2)Staff responsible for the execution of the service
Legal persons should indicate the names and professional qualifications of the staff responsible for the execution of the service: no

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1)Type of procedure
IV.1.1)Type of procedure
Open
IV.1.2)Limitations on the number of operators who will be invited to tender or to participate
IV.1.3)Reduction of the number of operators during the negotiation or dialogue
Recourse to staged procedure to gradually reduce the number of solutions to be discussed or tenders to be negotiated no
IV.2)Award criteria
IV.2.1)Award criteria
The most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications, in the invitation to tender or to negotiate or in the descriptive document
IV.2.2)Information about electronic auction
An electronic auction will be used: no
IV.3)Administrative information
IV.3.1)File reference number attributed by the contracting authority:
PR120038
IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract

Prior information notice

Notice number in the OJEU: 2012/S 93-153589 of 16.5.2012

IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document
Payable documents: no
IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate
28.1.2013 – 12:00
IV.3.5)Date of dispatch of invitations to tender or to participate to selected candidates
IV.3.6)Language(s) in which tenders or requests to participate may be drawn up
English.
IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender
Duration in months: 4 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)
IV.3.8)Conditions for opening of tenders
Date: 28.1.2013 – 12:00
Place:

Swindon

Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: yes
Additional information about authorised persons and opening procedure: Authorised persons from the Authority/Customer

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about recurrence
This is a recurrent procurement: no
VI.2)Information about European Union funds
The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.3)Additional information
See tender documentation available at:
http://www.epsrc.ac.uk/newsevents/pubs/tenders/Pages/archer.aspx

It is possible that the initial period may be extended for a further 3 years. In addition, it is possible that further capital allocations may become available during the contract term.
The authority reserves the right to require bidders to re-submit bids should refinements be required.

VI.4)Procedures for appeal
VI.4.1)Body responsible for appeal procedures
VI.4.2)Lodging of appeals
VI.4.3)Service from which information about the lodging of appeals may be obtained

VI.5)Date of dispatch of this notice:14.12.2012

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