The NOAA Climate Modeling and Research System

In July 2009, NOAA and DOE completed a Work for Others (WFO) Agreement to enter into more sustained projects for the challenges which require a closer cooperation and understanding between DOE/ORNL and NOAA.

Under the terms of this Agreement, ORNL shall provide research collaboration and technical support for high performance computer and data systems that will deliver improved climate data and model experiments.

To further these research goals, ORNL is issuing Solicitation 6400009257 for a high performance computing and storage system tailored to meet Climate Modeling and Research mission requirements.

February 02, 2010

PLEASE NOTE: Clarification on the methods available for physical proposal delivery is provided here.

Section A, Block 5 of the Solicitation and Offer lists the US Postal Service (USPS) Address for UT-Battelle, LLC. This address may be used for delivery via a USPS carrier. However, delivery to this postal address via a commercial shipping carrier such as FedEx, UPS, DHL or similar may incur delays in delivery and notification.

Offerors that choose to use a commercial shipping carrier should have hard copies and physical media delivered to

     UT-Battelle, LLC
     Attention: Jo Ann Fitzpatrick
     One Bethel Valley Road
     Building 5700, Room G114, MS-6085
     Oak Ridge, TN 37830

Hand-delivery is also accepted. Hand-delivery of proposals may be coordinated with the ORNL Subcontracts Administrator, Jo Ann Fitzpatrick.

Offerors are reminded that commercial shipping carriers do not expressly guarantee delivery dates and times. To mitigate this risk, Offerors should ensure that an electronic version of their Proposal has been received by ORNL prior to the submission deadline.

Please note that the original Solicitation Announcement contains an error in the physical address for hand delivery, or delivery via a commercial shipping carrier. The correct address is shown above, and in the revised Solicitation Announcement posted below.

January 27, 2010

The general period for submitting questions and comments relative to the solicitation has closed. Exceptions will be made for items that are critical to an Offeror completing their proposal. Proprietary questions should be so marked.

January 15, 2010

Amendment 3 to the Solicitation has been released, affecting the Benchmark Instructions. Reference further information in the posted documents.

January 12, 2010

A revised version of the CM2-HR verification data file VERIFICATION_DATA has been posted to correct a typographical error for the value stated for abs_sw. Reference Questions and Answers for additional information.

January 7, 2010

Amendment 2 to the Solicitation has been released, affecting the due date for proposals, and the due date for questions. Offerors are encouraged to submit any questions regarding this Solicitation and Offer at their earliest opportunity. Reference further information in the posted documents.

January 5, 2010

Amendment 1 to the Solicitation has been released, affecting the Benchmark Instructions. Reference further information in the posted documents.

December 29, 2009

A revised version of the GFS source code file gfidi_hyb.f has been posted. Reference Questions and Answers for additional information.

December 23, 2009

The following Solicitation materials are posted. Offerors should ensure that they are working from released documents, and have discarded any DRAFT versions of either Attachment A: Technical Specification, or Attachment D: Benchmark Instructions.

Questions and comments concerning the materials in this Solicitation are welcome, subject to the published schedule.

Potential Offerors are instructed to contact Jo Ann Fitzpatrick, ORNL Subcontract Administrator for the NOAA CMRS Solicitation, in writing, about any aspect of this Solicitation prior to contract award.

Questions that are proprietary, company sensitive, or business sensitive should be so marked.

Solicitation Materials

Last Update Item Description  
12/23/2009 Solicitation Announcement (.pdf)
02/01/2010 Solicitation Announcement, Revision 1 (.pdf)
12/23/2009 Solicitation 6400009257 (.pdf)
01/05/2010 Solicitation 6400009257, Amendment 1 (.pdf)
01/07/2010 Solicitation 6400009257, Amendment 2 (.pdf)
01/15/2010 Solicitation 6400009257, Amendment 3 (.pdf)
12/23/2009 Attachment A: Technical Specification (.pdf)
12/23/2009 Attachment B: Evaluation Criteria (.pdf)
12/23/2009 Attachment C: Proposal Preparation Instructions (.pdf)
01/15/2010 Attachment D: Benchmark Instructions, Revision 2 (.pdf)
01/05/2010 Attachment D: Benchmark Instructions, Revision 1 (.pdf)
12/23/2009 Attachment D: Benchmark Instructions (.pdf)
12/23/2009 Attachment E: Acceptance Test (.pdf)
12/23/2009 Attachment F: Acronym List (.pdf)

Other Posted Materials

Last Update Item Description  
01/12/2010 CM-HR: Corrected Verification Test File - VERIFICATION_DATA (ascii)
12/29/2009 GFS: Revised Source Code - gfidi_hyb.f (.f)
12/23/2009 Throughput Benchmark Spreadsheet (.xls)
12/01/2009 sfcanl.190.2007070100.le.gz (6891.14 KB) GFS little-endian input (.gz)
12/01/2009 sfcanl.2007070100.le.gz (29.45 MB) GFS little-endian input (.gz)
12/01/2009 siganl.190.2007070100.le.gz (50.38 MB) GFS little-endian input (.gz)
12/01/2009 siganl.2007070100.le.gz (360.7 MB) GFS little-endian input (.gz)
11/13/2009 SAMPLE CM-CHEM and CM2-HR reference output (.tar.gz)
10/28/2009 SAMPLE CM2-HR output file (ascii)
10/15/2009 CM-HR-tput script Right-Click/Save to prevent execution (.csh)

Schedule

  • The general period for submitting questions and comments relative to the solicitation has closed. Exceptions will be made for items that are critical to an Offeror completing their proposal. Proprietary questions should be so marked.
  • (Amendment 2) Proposals must be received no later than 12:00 PM EST February 08, 2010

Events

  • A secure method for transferring electronic versions of Offeror's proposal is available. This is expected to alleviate concerns about aggregate email sizes that may exceed either the ORNL or Offeror email delivery system restrictions. This information is posted on the Q&A page for Offerors that want to take advantage of this option.