Intersect360 Research surveyed the High Performance Computing user community to
complete its fifth Site Budget Allocation Map, a look at how HPC sites divide and
spend their budgets. They surveyed users on their spending in seven top-level
categories: hardware, software, facilities, staffing, services, cloud/utility
computing, and other. Each category was further divided into constituent
subcategories, resulting in 25 unique items included in the analysis.
The report provides the average budget distribution for the responding sites within
each category and presents a view of the entire HPC budget distribution and IT
product spending (excluding facilities and staffing).
Important statistical highlights from this study include:
Hardware remains the largest category. The average HPC site spent 46% of its HPC
budget on hardware this year. Servers lead spending in this category, followed by
storage and networks.
Staffing continued as the second-largest overall expense. System management and
operations combined with maintenance personnel accounted for 46% of the staffing
Facilities expenditures represent on average 9.5% of a site's HPC budget We
estimate that, on average, at least another 5% is paid for facilities items out of
another budget. About 38% of respondents stated that their facilities costs were
"not in budget" (NIB), and many of those who had facilities in their budget did not
pay every item (e.g., power, cooling, building/floor space).
Software share remains steady at about 14% of the total HPC budget. Software tools
accounted for the largest share within software, with a 25% share of the HPC
More than half (55%) of all respondents expect their budgets to increase more than
5% over the next two years, and 33% expect little or no change in budgets.