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SCHEDULE: NOV 16-22, 2013

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Effective Procurement of Supercomputers

SESSION: Effective Procurement of Supercomputers

EVENT TYPE: Tutorials

TIME: 8:30AM - 12:00PM

Presenter(s):Terry Hewitt, Andrew Jones, Jonathan Follows


In this tutorial we will guide you through the process of purchasing a cluster, HPC system or supercomputer. We will take you through the whole process from engaging with major stakeholders in securing the funding, requirements capture, market survey, specification of the tender/request for quote documents, engaging with suppliers, and evaluating proposals. You will learn how to specify what you want, yet enable the suppliers to provide innovative solutions beyond your specification both in technology and in the price, and then how to demonstrate to stakeholders the solution you select is value for money. The tutorial will be spilt into 3 major parts: the procurement process, the role of benchmarks and market surveys, and specification & evaluation. The presenters have been involved in major national and international HPC procurements since 1990 both as bidders and as customers. Whether you are spending $100k or $100M you will benefit from this tutorial.

Chair/Presenter Details:

Terry Hewitt - WTH Associates Limited

Andrew Jones - Numerical Algorithms Group

Jonathan Follows - Science and Technology Facilities Council

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