The current strategy is a dual-track HPC system service, with a new system being installed every second year, assuming a four-year operational lifetime of each system.
The procurements listed below are under the laws covering Norwegian public sector procurements.
A project to procure two new HPC-systems.
Usage statistics, together with user surveys and discussions with stakeholders, have revealed needs for computational resources with very different characteristics. On one side we have data-driven (memory, IO) applications with low degree of parallelism, and on the other side, a growing need for resources with capabilities suitable for large (tightly coupled) applications.
Two separate competitions
To serve both needs with high efficiency and low TCO, Sigma2 has decided to invest in two separate technical solutions, and to do so through two separate procurements. The project name for the capability system is “ANS 2018 - B1”, and for the capacity system “ANS 2018-C1”. There will be two separate competitions for the two systems.
The procurement of C1 was aimed at resulting in a minimum amount of CPU with the required specifications and be ahead in time relative to B1, the capacity system.
Both systems is installed at NTNU in Trondheim.
More details about the HPC A1 procurement (Betzy)
More details about the HPC C1 procurement (Saga)
A project to procure one HPC-system and a storage facility.
More details about the HPC A1 procurement (Fram)
More details about the storage facility procurement (NIRD)
A project to procure data centre capacity to host the national e-infrastructure