The University of Leeds has issued a £6m tender searching for a single supplier to deliver high performance computing (HPC) facilities to replace its existing systems.
The institution intends to broaden its IT research services and needs the supplier to deliver better quality HPC over a four year period in a deal worth between £3m and £6m.
“The University is keen to continue to develop a broadened ‘research-computing’ service taking into account the wider community’s evolving aspirations, beyond the traditional computational science and engineering user base,” claims the education provider in the tender.
“To this end, [we] wish to evaluate available technical and commercial solutions that can meet our needs in a cost-effective and energy-efficient manner,” it adds.
The tender also says that an initial £1m will be given to the winning supplier upon the contract being awarded, a further £2m will be given before the project is re-evaluated after two years and finally, any further payments will be released depending on the success of a mid-term upgrade.
Currently, Leeds provides high-powered computing services to eight other Northern UK universities through a research partnership: Durham, Lancaster, Liverpool, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle, Sheffield and York.
The investment is supported by all faculties at the University, which hopes the contract will allow a strong foundation of a sustainable HPC infrastructure.
The tender will be awarded to: “the most economically advantageous tender in terms of the criteria stated in the specifications,” and between three and ten operators are expected to be invited to tender for the work.