The process is highly competitive, and during Phase I, 4 companies explored the various possible solutions. All of them were invited to bid for Phase II during which prototypes for the three most promising solutions will be built.
The awarded bidders are:
The second phase of the execution stage is expected to end in April 2016.
PRACE started the process for a pre-commercial procurement on Whole-System Design for Energy Efficient HPC in 2012 with a workshop on the usage of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) in HPC.
This Pre-Commercial Procurement, the first one in the field of HPC in Europe, is a multi-country and multi-partner joint effort, implemented by a consortium composed of several partners of PRACE, CINECA, Italy as Procuring Entity with CSC, Finland; EPCC, UK; JSC, Germany and GENCI, France. PRACE aisbl is involved as an advisory body in this Pre-Commercial Procurement pilot executed in the context of PRACE's 3rd Implementation Project (PRACE-3IP) supported by the European Commission.