On 10 April the tender for the successor of the national supercomputer Huygens has been reported to the Publications Office of the European Community. This is the official launch for the replacement of the computer system Huygens which is hosted at SARA. The tender starts with a pre-qualification of suppliers for the delivery of the new supercomputer.
Preparations for the replacement of the national supercomputer have already started last year. In mid 2011, a large number of end users were interviewed and their needs and requirements identified. Based on consultation with users and user applications an application benchmark has been compiled for the selection of a new system.
The replacement process of Huygens is organized by SARA, under the responsibility of SURF. Through the implementation of the masterplan of ICTRegie of December 2008 on the establishment of the ICT infrastructure for scientific research, SURF in 2012 has received structural funding for the establishment of a national ICT research infrastructure from the Dutch government. The national supercomputer is part of this infrastructure.