Call for tender for three pre-exascale EuroHPC supercomputers open - total value 426 million euro

The pre-exascale EuroHPC hosting consortia.
28 Nov 2019 Luxembourg - EuroHPC JU is launching today a call for tender for the procurement of three pre-e exascale supercomputers in Finland, Spain and Italy. The total value of the tender is 415.910.000 euro. There are three different lots. The Finnish one - LUMI - has a value of 144.500.000 euro, the Spanish lot - Mare Nostrum V - is sized at 151.410.000 and Italian one - Leonardo has a value of 120.000.000 euro. Each machine must have a performance of at least 150 petaflop/s measured in sustained LINPACK. Closing date for the tender is January 3. The machines will be owned by the EuroHPC JU. The 5 petascale EuroHPC supercomputers will not be procured by EuroHPC JU but by the individual hosting entities.

The procurement is divided into three lots:

Lot 1 relates to the "LUMI" EuroHPC supercomputer, which will be hosted by CSC, the Finnish IT Center for Science, and to be installed in its data centre in Kajaani, Finland. This lot foresees the procurement and maintenance of a leadership-class pre-exascale accelerated supercomputer, which enables the convergence of HPC, artificial intelligence (AI), and high-performance data analytics (HPDA). The LUMI system is committed to provide the best possible user experience, featuring emerging capabilities such as interactive supercomputing and user-friendly interfaces to the HPC resources as well as support for containers. In Lot 1, richness of the software stack and the maturity of programming and computing environment are of major importance. Similarly, efforts to minimise the environmental impact of the new infrastructure will need to be thoroughly taken into account, so that for example at least 95% of the heat produced by the whole compute nodes system needs to be cooled with warm-water cooling and that no other cooling solutions will be considered. A maximum budget of 144.500.000 euro is foreseen for this lot.

Lot 2 relates to the "MareNostrum 5" EuroHPC supercomputer, which will be hosted in and by Barcelona Supercomputer Center – Centro National de Supercomputaçion in Spain. This lot foresees the procurement and maintenance of a world-class supercomputer, which will, inter alia, be fully powered with green energy, including heat reuse. Specific requirements for this lot include efficient use of energy as strong efforts on visibility and public outreach, making this EuroHPC system an iconic supercomputer. Marenostrum 5 will be a heterogeneous machine providing service to a large group of user communities. A maximum budget of 151.410.000 euro is foreseen for this lot.

Lot 3 concerns the "Leonardo" EuroHPC supercomputer, which will be hosted in Bologna, Italy, in the premises of the new data centre of CINECA, a non-profit consortium, made up of 70 Italian universities, four national research centres and the Ministry of Universities and Research (MIUR). This lot foresees the procurement and maintenance of a new supercomputing system, fostering convergence between HPC and HPCDA and able to run computing and data-intensive workloads. In this regard, the system shall be able to benefit from innovative hardware and software solutions, and the most relevant technology outcomes of European projects, reducing power consumption, improving power management and enhance I/O (Input/Outcput) performance. A maximum budget of 120.000.000 euro is foreseen for this lot.

One economic operator per lot will be selected for the component(s) acquisition, delivery, assembly, hardware and software installation and maintenance of these supercomputers. The solutions to be procured are expected to outperform existing solutions regarding several of the following aspects:

  • performance/ total cost of ownership
  • programmability and usability
  • versatility
  • system stability
  • power and energy efficiency
  • computing density

More information can be found in the full tender specifications and all relevant documents are available on the dedicated eTendering webpage, the EU institutions' eProcurement platform.

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