As the owner of the national e-infrastructure, Sigma2 bears a vital strategic responsibility for systems and services, overseeing the complex landscape of large-scale data and computational science.

One of our key objectives is to strongly emphasis procuring new HPC and storage equipment. We are also engaged in development projects aimed at enhancing the national services.
Our current strategy involves a dual-track HPC system service, wherein a new system is installed every second year, with each system expected to have a four-year operational lifetime.

It's important to note that the procurements listed below adhere to Norwegian public sector procurement laws.

Ongoing projects

Procurement: The next supercomputer

The procurement of the next national supercomputer (HPC system), currently operating under the working name A2, is in progress.

To the A2 project page

Development: New data research archive

This development project aims to design and develop Sigma2`s next-next generation Research Data Archive.

To the archive project page

Procurement: Data centre facilities

The project to procure data centre facilities to host the national e-infrastrucutre was completed in 2021.

To the data centre project page

Completed projects

Procurement: New national storage system (NIRD)

The project to procure the next generation Norwegian Infrastructure for Research Data (NIRD) was completed in 2022.

To the NIRD project page

Procurement project: Two new HPC systems (ANS 2018)

Two separate competitions were conducted, resulting in national supercomputers Betzy (2020) and Saga (2019).

Both systems are installed at NTNU in Trondheim.

Procurement project: One new HPC system and a storage facility (ANS 2016)

The national supercomputer FRAM and the national storage system NIRD were procured in 2016 and 2017, respectively.

Fram is located in Tromsø, and the first-generation NIRD was located at two locations; Tromsø and Trondheim.

Illustration of Sigma2s area inside Lefdal Mine Datacenter.
Early project sketches of our data centre space in Lefdal Mine Datacenter.
The Sigma2/NRIS building inside Lefdal Mine Datacenter.
The finished Sigma2 / NRIS building in Lefdal Mine Datacenter.