RMACC Panel Highlights Best Practices for RFP Writing

Posted on August 8, 2018

Advanced Clustering joined a panel of HPC experts for a discussion called “Best practices for writing an RFP for HPC Hardware Purchases” today at the Rocky Mountain Advanced Computing Consortium symposium at the University of Colorado-Boulder.

RMACC 2018The session took place at 10:30 a.m. and was moderated by Thomas Hauser, Director of Research Computing University of Colorado – Boulder. The panel included Jonathan Anderson, Associate Director of Research Computing at the University of Colorado – Boulder; Tim Kaiser, Director of Research and High Performance Computing Colorado School of Mines; and Jim Paugh, Director of Sales at Advanced Clustering Technologies.

The panel offered best practices about how detailed the RFP document for HPC should be, including such topics as:

  • meeting the hard requirements (budget, power, etc.)
  • formulating this when you don’t know what you want
  • allowing for innovative solutions
  • structuring acceptance testing and payment parameters
  • covering vendor questions as part of the RFP
 These and other points are covered in our white paper on Best Practices for Writing an RFP for HPC, which is available for download here.
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