Met Office Supercomputer

Met Office Supercomputer

The Early Market Engagement period is expected to end with the release of Open OJEU advert in Autumn 2013 therefore interested suppliers must be sure they are in a position to fully engage with the Met Office during this period. Includes registration details.UK-Exeter: super computer

2012/S 167-276966

Prior information notice


Directive 2004/18/EC

Section I: Contracting authority

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

Met Office
Procurement, Fitzroy Road
For the attention of: Mr Jason Malpas
EX1 3PB Exeter
Telephone: +44 1392885065
Fax: +44 1133362431

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

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

I.2)Type of the contracting authority

Ministry or any other national or federal authority, including their regional or local sub-divisions
I.3)Main activity

General public services
I.4)Contract award on behalf of other contracting authorities

Section II.B: Object of the contract (Supplies or services)

II.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

Met Office supercomputer.
II.2)Type of contract and place of delivery or of performance

II.3)Information on framework agreement
II.4)Short description of nature and quantity or value of supplies or services:

The Met Office is a trading fund within the department for business innovation and skills, operating on a commercial basis under set targets. As the UK’s National Weather Service it provides a range of weather and climate services to a large number of public and private sector organisations. It also represents the UK within the World meteorological organisation (WMO) and plays a prominent role in international meteorology.
Many of the services offered by the Met Office are underpinned by an IBM supercomputer that runs complex multi-model integrations and ensembles of integrations as well as research and development of these models. Further details of the current supercomputer and the models used can be found at
The Met Office currently plans that a replacement supercomputer be commissioned and accepted autumn / winter 2015 to allow continued model and product enhancements. This may include an enterprise level storage solution as part of this supercomputer replacement. As a result the Met Office is considering inviting expressions of interest via the open procedure within the Official Journal of the European Union. This PIN is the start of a period of early supplier market engagement that will enable the Met Office to get a full understanding of what the supercomputer market can deliver to meet the Met Offices business objectives, further details of which can be found at The Early Market Engagement period is expected to end with the release of Open OJEU advert in Autumn 2013 therefore interested suppliers must be sure they are in a position to fully engage with the Met Office during this period.
The Early Supplier Market Engagement will also enable the Met Office to meet the UK Government’s lean procurement requirements.
The supercomputer is a business-critical Met Office system and therefore must be highly available and stable. The Met Office will be seeking a defined product solution as opposed to building the system ourselves; therefore interested parties must recognise this fact.
If you are interested in this PIN please register your company details on the Met Office eTendering portal here:
Once your registration has been accepted please express your interest in this requirement so that the Early Supplier Market Engagement can be arranged.
The outline requirement for the replacement supercomputer is summarised within the “Met Office Supercomputer Supplier Briefing” document which can be downloaded from the Met Office’s eTendering portal at the above link. The document is subject to change as a result of Early Supplier Market Engagement, funding opportunities and the evolving business requirement.
Please contact for any queries regarding this Prior Information Notice.

This contract is divided into lots: no

II.5)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)


II.6)Scheduled date for start of award procedures

II.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): no
II.8)Additional information:

Section III: Legal, economic, financial and technical information

III.1)Conditions relating to the contract
III.1.1)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:
III.2)Conditions for participation
III.2.1)Information about reserved contracts

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1)Information about European Union funds

The contract is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: no
VI.2)Additional information:
VI.3)Information on general regulatory framework

VI.4)Date of dispatch of this notice:29.8.2012