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Public Higher Education Bulletin

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
SoleSource #1TLC16R0334574
Announcement of a Sole Source Purchase
Award Info Published Tuesday October 6, 2015
Awarded to:
Vendor: Open Scalable File Systems Inc., Beaverton, OR
Amount: $300,000
An estimated start date of 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016, 12 months
2 one-year
Potential Future Renewals: $450,000
The University award process may be delayed up to thirty days as this award goes through a state approval process.
The hearing has been cancelled
Published Monday September 28, 2015
The hearing has been cancelled since no vendors registered to attend or submitted comments regarding this notice.
First published Tuesday, September 15, 2015
The University awarded a contract for Blue Waters/Open Scalable File Systems Inc. to Open Scalable File Systems Inc., Beaverton, OR, for $300,000.
This is a request for NCSA to participate in OpenSFS at the "Promoter" Level. Open Scalable File Systems, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the success of the open source Lustre file system effort. Lustre is a community developed and support open software effort initiated in 2009 by Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory. It is the only open source, community support high performance file system suitable and performant enough for supercomputers such as the Bue Waters system. The Lustreâ?¢ File System is a scalable cluster file system that has been designed by CFS (Cluster File System) from the ground up to meet the demands of the world's largest high-performance compute clusters. OpenSFS advances the Lustre files system and delivers new releases on behalf of the open source community. OpenSFS through working groups, events and ongoing funding initiatives leads a collaborative development of the lustre file system. Blue Waters (BW) online storage consists of three Lustre storage environments, two 2PB in size and a 21PB single file system, which is one of the largest Lustre deployments in the world. Consequently, NCSA seeks to participate as a "Promoter" in Open SFS which will allow for NCSA to influnence the support and development process and prioritizaiton of features for Lustre that will improve the software for the academic community and the Blue Waters Science and Engineering teams in particular.
The University has determined that this purchase is only economically available from this source because the Organization Memberships (Dues, Fees, Conference Charges Including Mandated Travel & Related Expenses).

For additional information, contact:
Teri Merrell
212A Illini Plaza
1817 South Neil Street
Champaign, IL 61820
Phone: (217) 244-3732
FAX: (217) 239-6877
State Purchasing Officer - Aaron M. Finder

We will hold a public hearing at the date, time and location specified below, if we receive a request to testify regarding the sole source determination. We will also hold a hearing if any vendor submits a signed statement showing the capability to provide the stated supplies/services at or below the amount indicated.

The public hearing allows any interested party the opportunity to testify for or against the sole source determination as described in this notice. The purpose of the hearing is to receive information from the public in a reasonable manner. Formal rules of evidence will not apply. The hearing officer will produce minutes of the hearing and may record it in order to aid in the production of the minutes. After conclusion of the hearing we will decide whether the sole source determination was appropriate.

We must receive any request to testify and any vendor statement no later than the registration date and time indicated below. If we do not receive a timely request or statement, we will not hold the hearing. We reserve the right to cancel the procurement prior to any scheduled hearing. Please confirm the status of the hearing with the Hearing Contact.

September 30, 2015
2:00 PM
Stratton Building
Room 511
401 S. Spring Street
Springfield, IL

If you cannot attend the meeting in-person at the primary location, you may attend via audio or video conference, as available, at one of the optional locations.

Alternate Location(s):
James R. Thompson Center
Room 9-036
100 West Randolph
Chicago, IL

Hearing Contact:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407
Potential participants are requested to call ahead to verify location and get directions. Date, time, and location are subject to change and/or cancellation. It is the responsibility of potential participants to confirm these details prior to attendance.

Registration Deadline:
September 25, 2015
Register with:
Aaron M. Finder
Phone:(217) 558-3050
Fax:(217) 558-5407

The State of Illinois has a policy to encourage prospective vendors to hire qualified veterans, minorities, females, persons with disabilities and ex-offenders.

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Sole Source Justification
  • 1TLC16R0334574Part1.pdf (370 KB)
Sole Source Justification Part 2
  • 1TLC16R0334574Part2.pdf (58 KB)