The Human Brain Project (HBP) is a large-scale, European-led scientific collaborative project, which aims to gather all existing knowledge about the human brain, build multi-scale models of the brain that integrate this knowledge and use these models to simulate the brain on supercomputers. The resulting "virtual brain" offers the prospect of a fundamentally new and improved understanding of the human brain, opening the way for better treatments for brain diseases and for novel, brain-like computing technologies.
The HBP's High-Performance Computing (HPC) Platform Subproject, led by Forschungszentrum Jülich, will create the necessary exascale supercomputing and data management infrastructure, comprising both hardware and software. The resulting Platform will be made available to the HBP and other scientists from around the world.
As part of the HBP's initial phase, the HPC Platform Subproject is considering undertaking a Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) procedure, to address specific HPC requirements related to brain simulation, such as support for interactive supercomputing and large memory capacity. PCP aims to foster innovation for economic growth, to ensure sustainable high quality public services in Europe.
Before launching a possible PCP process, the HBP wishes to have an open dialogue with potential suppliers. This should cover the technical challenges related to interactive supercomputing for brain simulations, as well as the practical implementation of a PCP process in the context of HPC.
In order to initiate this exchange, all interested suppliers are invited to participate in an Open Dialogue event, covering both technical and procedural aspects. The Open Dialogue will take place on 18 December 2013 from 10:30 to 16:00 CET at the Sheraton Brussels Airport Hotel. The workshop will be conducted in English. Interpretation facilities will not be provided.
Companies interested in attending the event should send an e-mail to hbp-pcp-dialogue[at]fz-juelich.de before 10 December 2013. For each person from a company who wishes to participate, the name, job title or function, e-mail address, phone number, full business address and any dietary or other special requirements should be indicated. Places will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. Further details, including the agenda and information on the venue and event logistics, will be sent to all registered attendees at the end of November. Space will be limited, so early registration is recommended.
Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH will be guided by the recommendations set out in the "COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION" on the PCP topic, issued in December 2007, including those regarding the location of R&D and operational activities related to the PCP.
For more information, you can refer to the European Commission's Pre-commercial procurement brochure, which can be downloaded from the web address at http://cordis.europa.eu/fp7/ict/pcp/
This invitation is issued to initiate a dialogue with potential suppliers and does not signify the beginning of a formal PCP procedure or constitute a commitment by the HBP to conduct such a procedure at a later stage. If a formal PCP process is initiated, participation in the Open Dialogue event will not be a precondition for bidding.