Workshop on the usage of Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) in HPC organised by PRACE

The mission of the PRACE research infrastructure is to enable high impact European scientific discovery and engineering research and development across all disciplines to enhance European competitiveness for the benefit of society. PRACE seeks to realise this mission through world-class computing and data management resources and by providing services open to all qualifying European and International research through a peer review process.

In the context of the Third PRACE Implementation Phase Project (PRACE-3IP), which started on 1st July 2012, PRACE is considering undertaking a joint Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) procedure addressing the major issue of the energy efficiency of large scale supercomputers. PCP aims to foster innovation for economic growth to ensure sustainable high quality public services in Europe.

The PCP approach is new and has not yet been applied to HPC. Before launching a possible PCP procedure, PRACE wishes to initiate a technical dialogue with all potentially interested suppliers on both the technical challenges related to energy efficiency and 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 a workshop that will take place in Brussels on Friday 21st September, 2012 during which both aspects will be addressed.

Companies interested in attending the workshop should send an email to pcp-conference[at] before 14th September, 2012 stating your name, contact details and email address. Space is limited at the event so early registration is recommended. Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis. Further information and practical details will be sent to all registered attendees including a detailed agenda and logistical information in early September. The event will begin at 10:00 and conclude by 16:30.

The intention of the PRACE partners involved is to closely follow the recommendations of the “COMMUNICATION FROM THE COMMISSION” on the PCP topic issued in December 2007 (see…), including those regarding the location of R&D and operational activities related to the PCP.

For the avoidance of doubt this Notice is solely issued for the purpose of initiating a technical dialogue and does not formally signify the beginning of a PCP procedure or constitute a commitment by PRACE to undertake such PCP exercise at a later stage. Finally it should be stressed that participation in the technical dialogue is not a precondition for applying to the forthcoming PCP procedure.