Super Computer Tender (RCUK)

Swindon: super computer

Contract notice


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
For the attention of: Allan Evett
SN2 1FF Swindon
Telephone: +44 1793867298

Internet address(es):

General address of the contracting authority:

Address of the buyer profile:

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: Research


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

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


Section II: Object of the contract


II.1.1)Title attributed to the contract by the contracting authority:

HPC system collaboration for the International Centre of Excellence in Computational Science and Engineering (ICE-CSE) – Tender 2.


II.1.2)Type of contract and location of works, place of delivery or of performance

NUTS code UKD2


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)

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of the seven UK Research Councils.
Further to the initial investment in ICE-CSE for which we are running a separate tender for 10 000 000 GBP, the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) announced additional funding in October 2011. 21 500 000 GBP of this additional funding is being used to enhance the ICE-CSE. context and background information.Description of system and collaboration.
STFC is looking to procure a collaboration with a vendor of HPC Systems which has research and development capability on the roadmap to exascale computing and into data-intensive computing.
As part of this collaboration we will procure:
— a base HPC system: which consist of a minimum of 2048 x86 cores for the purpose of applying current codes to industrial relevant applications,
— an advance HPC system: capability computing platform of at least 450Tflops/s with the potential of scaling a single job across the whole system,
— access to future technologies on the roadmap of exascale computing during the lifetime of the collaboration.
The preceding two systems for a total of 10 000 000 GBP including taxes.
— a system for research and development in data-intensive computing, comprising a computer system and a data storage subsystem.
The budget for the data-intensive computing system is 5 500 000 and 6 000 000 GBP for the data storage subsystem, again inclusive of all taxes such as VAT.
— A partnership in a collaboration to build software relevant to industry and commercial applications with particular emphasis on data-intensive computing and delivers step changes in the use of HPC and to develop a business plan for a possible extension of the term and a variation to the contract to widen the scope of the collaboration (to continue to advance STFCs ability to do so, in particular by adding additional hardware and/or software to maintain STFCs cutting edge HPC capability, and to advance the acceptance and use of HPC).
STFC is looking for proposals that meet these criteria and is expecting to make an investment of 21 500 000 GBP including VAT. The initial collaboration will cover a 3 year period with the intent of delivery, commissioning and payment by the end of March 2012.
It is possible that the collaboration may be extended for a further 2 years at STFCs option to carry out the business plan referred to above which is developed during the initial term. Any contract for such further collaboration would in any event be conditional upon a commitment to STFC of further government or other external funding (including capital allocation) for the collaboration set out in the business plan of up to 5 000 000 GBP per annum becoming available during the initial term, particularly to fund the purchase of additional hardware and/or software. (Such further collaboration may involve STFC contracting directly with some or all of the successful bidders sub-contractors (if any) under the initial collaboration, in addition to the successful bidder).
Further information and tender documentation is available via the following URL:


II.1.6)Common procurement vocabulary (CPV)

30211100, 30211300, 72200000, 72611000, 73120000, 73300000, 48980000, 30233100, 30238000


II.1.7)Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The contract is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement (GPA): yes



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:

See II.1.5) Short description of the contract or purchase(s), II.2.2) Options and VI.3) Additional information.


II.2.2)Information about options

Options: yes
Description of these options: The option may exist to widen the scope of the collaboration with additional capital funding (at the level of 5 000 000 GBP per annum) and additional project recurrent funding (for STFC staff). This could result in extension of the term of the collaboration beyond the initial 3 year period and the purchase of additional hardware/software to underpin the collaboration.


II.2.3)Information about renewals

II.3)Duration of the contract or time limit for completion

Duration in months: 36 (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:

See tender documentation available at:


III.1.2)Main financing conditions and payment arrangements and/or reference to the relevant provisions governing them:

See tender documentation available at:


III.1.3)Legal form to be taken by the group of economic operators to whom the contract is to be awarded:

See tender documentation available at:


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:


III.2.2)Economic and financial ability

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met: See tender documentation available at:

Minimum level(s) of standards possibly required: See tender documentation available at:


III.2.3)Technical capacity

Information and formalities necessary for evaluating if the requirements are met:
See tender documentation available at: level(s) of standards possibly required:
1. Prime contractor has a track record of supply of HPC Systems to the UK academic market.
2. Prime contractor has own HPC product R&D facilities.
3. Prime contractor can identify at least two examples of successful, mutually beneficial collaboration with customers.
Also see tender documentation available at:


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



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:



IV.3.2)Previous publication(s) concerning the same contract



IV.3.3)Conditions for obtaining specifications and additional documents or descriptive document

Time limit for receipt of requests for documents or for accessing documents: 13.12.2011
Payable documents: no


IV.3.4)Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate



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



IV.3.7)Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

in days: 90 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)


IV.3.8)Conditions for opening tenders

Date: 13.12.2011
Place:RCUK Shared Services Centre Ltd, Swindon.Persons authorised to be present at the opening of tenders: no


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:

It is possible that the initial period may be extended for a further 2 years. In addition, it is possible that additional capital allocations may become available during the contract term.


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:3.11.2011