The main constraint related to the upgrade of the high performance computing (HPC) infrastructures today is the availability and cost (both economically and ecologically) of the energy required to power and cool new, more performing supercomputers. This has been identified as one of the major challenges to address in the design and the operation of future multi-Petascale and Exascale HPC systems by multiple international expert reports (IESP, EESI). Consequently by means of this PCP, solutions are sought for a "whole system design for energy efficient HPC".
Energy efficiency cannot be ascribed to a single aspect of a system, but should be addressed at all levels, from the material science in the transistor design to thermo-hydraulic engineering for the design of the cooling system or even computational. The goal of this PCP is to procure R&D services that result in highly energy efficient HPC system components that are integrated into an HPC architecture which is capable of providing a floating-point peak performance of up to 100 PFlop/s.
Energy efficiency must be demonstrated by measuring total energy-to-solution for a representative set of scientific HPC applications on a self-contained pilot system. This pilot system has to be deployed and operated as a "pre-production" system at the site of a PRACE member.
The expected duration of this pilot PCP is 40 months and the process will consist of three phases.
The estimated overall maximum budget for realizing the project corresponds to a financial value of €9m for the entire project, VAT excluded.
The competition documents have been available since the 22 November 2013. The deadline for registration is 7 days prior to the deadline for applications which is 13:00 CET on 24 February 2014.
Open date: 22 November 2013
Registration close date: 17 February 2014
Close date: 24 February 2014