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  1. 1. Linux (Beowulf) High Performance Cluster RFP The University of South Alabama requests proposals for a Beowulf High Performance Compute Cluster (HPCC) based on the LINUX operating system, to be used in various research activities. Primary uses of this HPCC include the development of models for meteorology and other earth sciences and performing simulations of atmospheric phenomena (specifically hurricanes) using off-the-shelf numerical weather prediction models such as MM5 and WRF. It is the intent of this RFP to acquire a complete, fully functional (“turn-key”) HPCC. Vendor is to provide all essential hardware, operating software, installation services, and subsequent hardware and software maintenance. I. Vendor qualifications and references Vendor may be an equipment manufacturer, reseller, or systems integrator. Vendor must be authorized by manufacturer to sell and support all equipment provided under this RFP. Vendors should have a demonstrated ability to provide, install, and support HPCC equipment and document this ability in their response to this RFP. Vendors shall provide at least three references from purchasers of HPCC equipment, at least one of which must be of similar configuration to the equipment proposed by vendor. It is desirable that at least one reference be from a site conducting meteorological or other research equivalent to that intended by the University. II. Compiler support Vendor is to provide the following compilers: 1. Fortran compiler compatible with Fortran 95 and Fortran 77 and supporting programming for a HPCC. 2. C++ compiler supporting multi-processor programming for a HPCC. III. HPCC Management System The system shall include a management tool for the HPCC such as ROCKS. Vendor shall specify management tool to be provided. IV. The HPCC must support the following software systems. 1. WRF: Weather Research and Forecasting Model Including two dynamical solvers: the Advanced Research WRF (ARW) developed and maintained by the Mesoscale and Microscale Meteorology Division of NCAR, and the nonhydrostatic Mesoscale Model (NMM) developed by the National
  2. 2. Centers for Environmental Prediction with user support provided by the Developmental Testbed Center. Further information is available at http://wrf-model.org 2. The MM5 mesoscale model from the Penn Pennsylvania State University / National Center for Atmospheric Research. Further information is available at http://www.mmm.ucar.edu/mm5. V. Benchmarks/System Performance Measurements Responses should include industry-standard benchmarks or other indicators of expected system performance. Processor performance measurements should include the SPEC CPU2000 Suite, including CINT2000 and CFP2000. SPEC CPU2006 equivalent benchmarks are desirable, if available. VI. Target System The University has not established formal benchmark criteria for this procurement, but we have identified a target system to establish the level of desired performance. Vendors may propose alternate processor architectures which provide comparable or superior performance or value. 1. Compute Node Processors : thirty-six (36) processors each with the following specifications: Two Intel™ Xeon 5320 Quad Core Processors, 8MB Cache, 1.86GHz processor speed, 8GB RAM, 1066MHZ FSB 2. Master Node with the following specifications: Two Intel™ Xeon 5320 Quad Core Processors, 8MB Cache, 1.86GHz processor speed, 8GB RAM, 1066MHZ FSB 3. Interconnect Networks: Management network shall be Gigabit Ethernet or higher. Computational network shall be a higher performance network at the level of Myrinet , Inifiniband, etc. Vendor shall provide all switching equipment, fiber and copper cabling, etc., for implementation of the management and computational network. 4. Console Management It is desired that a KVM switch or other mechanism, in addition to network access, be provided for console access to all nodes for trouble-shooting or other out-of-band access.
  3. 3. The HPCC shall include at least two console terminals for concurrent access to the management node and any given compute node through the KVM switch (or equivalent mechanism). 5. Storage Systems: The system shall include appropriate storage for nodal system start-up and operation, whether dedicated internal hard drives or SAN. Responses should include specifications for this storage. For research data storage, vendor shall provide an appropriate high-performance NAS storage system with RAID 5 support. The storage system should include a hot spare drive unit for each RAID 5 array. All drive units are to be hot-swappable. Drives may be SAS or SATA 3.0 Gbit/s or equivalent performance technology. The storage system must support NFS. The desired configuration consists of two RAID 5 arrays, each with approximately 10TBytes of raw storage. Vendor responses shall include full specification of the storage system, including throughput performance specifications. 6. Tape Backup: The system shall include an LTO-3 or comparable capacity single tape drive backup unit for making permanent tape copies of production run data and various system configuration information. Drive shall either be rack-mounted or may be placed on a shelf, installed within the system racks, and include appropriate cabling or network connections. Software to permit selective backup and restore of individual files or project folders shall be included. Vendor responses should include specification of capacity and backup times for this tape unit and software. 7. All components and equipment to be provided under this RFP are to be new and eligible for manufacturer’s warranty and maintenance contracts. VII. Physical Architecture and Packaging 1. All components (processors, private network switches, storage systems, etc.) are to be installed in industry-standard racks provided by vendor. 2. Processor nodes may be implemented as blade architecture or individual rack- mounted units. Preference may be given to implementations which facilitate hardware removal and replacement when repairs are necessary. VIII. Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)
  4. 4. 1. The system shall include a UPS providing adequate run-time for an orderly shutdown in the event of external power failure. At least a 30 minute run-time capability is desired. 2. The UPS shall be rack-mounted. Responses should include specification of power interconnects (plug type and capacity) required to connect this to University power. IX. Warranty and Maintenance 1. Vendor shall provide toll-free 24x7 telephone technical support for the HPCC. Support for the core system and critical components shall be 7x24 with 4-hour on- site response. Compute nodes may individually be on Next Business Day on-site response. 2. Vendors shall quote three-year’s support in responses. 3. Compilers and operating systems are to have vendor support and update/maintenance coverage for the three-year period. 4. Vendor shall specify any remote monitoring or access support to be provided, and specify any networking requirements required for this. X. Environmental and Power Requirements Responses shall specify all environmental requirements for proposed system, including power requirements (startup and continuous), power connections required (including plug types), footprint and access space requirements, cooling loads, and any other environmental requirements anticipated by vendor. XI. Shipping, Local Delivery, and Setup Pricing will be FOB the University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama, and include delivery to the designated installation site; unloading, uncrating, and assembly on site by vendor; and shipping insurance as required by vendor. RFP responses should include anticipated delivery and installation schedules after receipt of a Purchase Order from the University. The University desires a delivery schedule not to exceed 90 days ARO. XII. University site preparation requirements 1. The University will be responsible for providing an appropriate location for the equipment, including power, heating/cooling, and necessary operating and access space. 2. The University will provide Gigabit Ethernet switching ports for interconnection of the HPCC to the University networks and the Internet. XIII. Installation and Acceptance Testing
  5. 5. Vendor is to install, configure, and conduct on-site testing to ensure system meets vendor’s specifications and benchmarks. Vendor’s response to this RFP should specify the acceptance testing to be performed. Payment will be Net 30 after completion of installation and acceptance testing to the satisfaction of the University. XIV. On-Site Engineering Support 1. Responses should include two weeks on-site of an engineer or HPCC computer specialist to provide training and consultative support in the operation of the HPCC system. Anticipated travel costs are to be included. 2. Responses should include specification of the technical competencies of personnel to be provided. XV. Format of vendor responses and alternate proposals 1. Vendors may submit multiple alternate proposals. 2. Vendors are to provide four (4) complete copies of any proposals, including any technical addenda. XVI. Evaluation of RFPs 1. Responses shall be evaluated on a number of factors. These factors may include vendor’s demonstrated competency to deliver and support the HPCC; overall quality and clarity of vendor’s response to the RFP; performance and flexibility of the proposed HPCC; value and price. Other factors may be included by the University. 2. The University may engage external independent consultants to evaluate the responses. XVII. University contact information 1. The University Purchasing Office will provide a cover document which specifies dates and addresses for submission of responses. 2. Vendors may submit questions regarding this RFP to the following. Email is preferred: Dr. Sytske Kimball, Associate Professor of Meteorology Dept. of Earth Sciences University of South Alabama Mobile, AL Phone: (251) 460-7031 fax: (251) 460-7886 email: skimball@usouthal.edu
  6. 6. 3. The University urges vendors interested in responding to this RFP to establish contact with Dr. Kimball as soon as possible. Vendors who have done so will be sent any clarifications or updates to the RFP. XVIII. Electronic Copy of RFP Specifications For Vendor convenience, an electronic copy of portions of the RFP specifications will be available at https://jagmail.usouthal.edu/downloads/hpccrfp.doc in Microsoft Word™ format. Vendors are reminded that the complete, official RFP is issued by the University Purchasing Department and will contain critical information not in the electronic document. The RFP as issued by Purchasing, and any subsequent corrections or additions, are authoritative in the event of discrepancies with the electronic copy.