The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) has awarded a contrarct to IBM for high performance computing (HPC) systems and services.

As part of the partnership with IBM, the STFC hopes to build software for industry and commercial applications with a particular emphasis on data-intensive computing.

Under the contract, which could be worth as much as £31.5 million, IBM will deliver a base and an advanced HPC system for the STFC's new International Centre of Excellence for Computational Science and Engineering (ICE-CSE).

The STFC is procuring a base HPC system consisting of a minimum 2048 x86 cores and an advanced HPC system with a capability computing platform of at least 450 teraflops per second with the potential for scaling a single job across the whole system.

It plans to use the base system for applying current codes to industrial-relevant applications, and is also investing in a computer system and a data storage subsystem for research and development in data-intensive computing.

The initial contract will run for three years, with an option to extend a further two years.