The University of Warwick is tendering for a new Linux-based High Performance Computing facility for its research Centre for Scientific Computing (CSC).

A “significant” share of the new facility will be used for research in the field of magnetohydrodynamics (MHD - the study of the dynamics of electrically conducting fluids such as plasma and metal liquids), to support the computational requirements of the UK MHD research community. The facility will also be used to support research from other disciplines at the university.

The centre is looking for a facility that is a Linux cluster comprised of multi-core nodes interconnected at high-bandwidth and low-latency. It will also have an attached high-performance storage and parallel file system.

An existing datacentre at the research centre will house the new facility. The datacentre is equipped for up to 100KW of additional IT load and has chilled water infrastructure to accommodate water-cooled racks.

The university’s current approved budget for the procurement is £970,000. However, it expects extra budget to become available “in due course” to allow for expansion of hardware functionality and value up to a maximum £2 million.

The project is expected to last 12 months from the award of contract, with up to three contract renewals possible.

Interested suppliers have until 8 August to request documents in relation to the bid, which can be accessed here.

The University of Warwick's tender comes as the Welsh assembly government launched a £40 million project, High Performance Computing Wales for use by businesses and universities across Wales.