PRACE Awards Second Phase Contracts for Pre-Commercial Procurement

PRACE is pleased to announce that three contractors were awarded in the Second Phase of its Pre-commercial Procurement (PCP).

PRACE started this pre-commercial procurement (PCP) to obtain R&D services which should result in future PRACE HPC systems to become more energy efficient.

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:

  • BULL SAS
  • E4 Computer Engineering SpA
  • Maxeler Technologies Ltd.

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 (see: http://www.prace-ri.eu/workshop-on-the-usage-of-pre-commercial-procurement-pcp-in-hpc-organised-by-prace/).

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.

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