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Notice Summary

United Kingdom-Didcot: Cloud Computing Prototyping Platform
Document Ref:
Document Type:
Contract Notice - Open Procedure
Published By:
Diamond Light Source Ltd
Date Published:
19 August 2019
Deadline Date:
16 September 2019
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Notice Abstract

The scope of the contract is to design, manufacture, supply, deliver, install and commission of a number of generic x 86 computing nodes and an associated low latency high bandwidth interconnect and switch.

Notice Details

Contract notice

Directive 2014/24/EU - Public Sector Directive

Directive 2014/24/EU

Section I: Contracting Change entity

I.1) Name and addresses

Diamond Light Source Ltd

Diamond House, Harwell Science and Innovation Campus


OX11 0DE


Contact person: Sue Blake

Telephone: +44 1235778167



Internet address(es)

Main address:

I.3) Communication

The procurement documents are available for unrestricted and full direct access, free of charge at:

Additional information can be obtained from the abovementioned address

Tenders or requests to participate must be sent to the abovementioned address

I.4) Type of the contracting authority

Body governed by public law

I.5) Main activity

Other: Scientific Research Facility

Section II: Object

II.1) Scope of the procurement

II.1.1) Title

Cloud Computing Prototyping Platform

Reference number: DLSITT0407

II.1.2) Main CPV code



II.1.3) Type of contract


II.1.4) Short description

The scope of the contract is to design, manufacture, supply, deliver, install and commission of a number of generic x 86 computing nodes and an associated low latency high bandwidth interconnect and switch.

II.1.5) Estimated total value

Value excluding VAT: 250 000.00 GBP

II.1.6) Information about lots

This contract is divided into lots: No

II.2) Description

II.2.3) Place of performance

NUTS code:


II.2.4) Description of the procurement

The scope of the contract is to design, manufacture, supply, deliver, install and commission of a number of generic x 86 computing nodes and an associated low latency high bandwidth interconnect and switch.

1) The total budget for this contract is 250 000 GBP exc. VAT. The new hardware procured as part of this contract will need to be delivered, installed and invoiced for by the 9.12.2019. The removal and disposal of existing hardware will be the responsibility of diamond;

2) The hardware will be used as a testbed for prototyping cloud native computing software such as kubernetes, and new hardware architectures such as the latest data centre class NVIDIA GPUs. 3 classes of node are desired:

Class 1: should contain at least one of the latest generation of data centre class NVIDIA GPUs;

Class 2: should contain connectivity for at least 2 NVMe disks that are front loaded into the chassis. The actual NVMe disks are not part of this tender.

Class 3 should be a generic CPU compute node with a large number of cores and memory.

3) DRAM should be interoperable between all classes;

4) All classes should contain the same type of NIC that is capable of open V-Switch offload, and NVMe-oF;

5) All classes should be connected by one low latency network switch. ‘Bare metal’ switches with a network operating system that is decoupled from the switch maker will be considered. Network switches that provide integration with modern configuration management tools such as Ansible, and analytics for container orchestration systems such as kubernetes will be preferable.

II.2.5) Award criteria

Criteria below:

Quality criterion: Technical quality / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Support, experience and capacity / Weighting: 20

Quality criterion: Delivery / Weighting: 10

Quality criterion: Commercial / Weighting: 10

Price / Weighting:  40

II.2.7) Duration of the contract, framework agreement or dynamic purchasing system

Duration in months: 4

This contract is subject to renewal: No

II.2.9) Information about the limits on the number of candidates to be invited

II.2.10) Information about variants

Variants will be accepted: Yes

II.2.11) Information about options

Options: No

II.2.13) Information about European Union funds

The procurement is related to a project and/or programme financed by European Union funds: No

Section IV: Procedure

IV.1) Description

IV.1.1) Type of procedure

Open procedure

IV.1.8) Information about Government Procurement Agreement (GPA)

The procurement is covered by the Government Procurement Agreement: Yes

IV.2) Administrative information

IV.2.2) Time limit for receipt of tenders or requests to participate

Date: 16/09/2019

Local time: 23:59

IV.2.4) Languages in which tenders or requests to participate may be submitted


IV.2.6) Minimum time frame during which the tenderer must maintain the tender

Duration in months: 3 (from the date stated for receipt of tender)

IV.2.7) Conditions for opening of tenders

Date: 16/09/2019

Local time: 10:00

Section VI: Complementary information

VI.1) Information about recurrence

This is a recurrent procurement: No

VI.4) Procedures for review

VI.4.1) Review body

Diamond Light Source Ltd


OX11 0DE



VI.4.3) Review procedure

Precise information on deadline(s) for review procedures:

Diamond light source will incorporate a standstill period at the point information on the award of the contract is communicated to tenderers. That notification will provide full information on the award decision. The standstill period, which will be for a minimum of 10 calendar days, provides time for unsuccessful tenderers to challenge the award decision before the contract is entered into. The Public Contracts Regulations 2015 (SI 2015 No 102) provide for aggrieved parties who have been harmed or are at risk of harm by a breach of the rules to take action in the High Court (England, Wales and Northern Ireland).

VI.5) Date of dispatch of this notice


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