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Intersect360 Research has releases their top six predictions for 2015 and a recent Systems Site Survey. The "top six" report mentions many-core accelerators, flash storage, 3D memory, integrated networking, and optical interconnects as technologies that will push HPC this year. The Site Census report provides a detailed examination of the server systems installed at a sample of High Performance Computing user sites. The full reports are open to members of HPC500 and Intersect360 clients. The following is publicly released data from these reports.

Top Six Predictions Pinpoint Trends in Accelerators, Cloud, Big Data, and Shifting Vendor Market Dynamics

The drive toward exascale computing, a renewed emphasis on data-centric processing, energy efficiency concerns, and the limitations of memory and I/O performance are all working to reshape High Performance Computing platforms, according to Intersect360 Research’s Top Six Predictions for HPC in 2015.

The research firm cites many-core accelerators, flash storage, 3D memory, integrated networking, and optical interconnects as just some of the technologies propelling these future architectures. In concert with those developments, the churning of the HPC vendor landscape in response to broader market forces will drive interesting changes in the coming year.

Following the general trend of acceleration adoption over the past several years, in 2015 more than half of newly installed systems are expected to incorporate accelerators. On the other hand, public cloud will continue to be a small player in HPC, despite steady expansion of cloud computing for mainstream enterprise and web-based applications.

HPC system vendors will find their market share reshuffled to adjust for Tier One vendor changes, most notably IBM’s sale of its x86 server business to Lenovo and HP’s split into two entities. Vendor consolidation will continue, especially in the storage arena.

Another trend predicted for the coming year is the prevalence of big data capabilities, which are expected to become standard offerings on general-purpose servers and storage appliances. And lastly, ultrascale market influence will disrupt the supplier model as ultrascale market players have grown to the point where they have the buying power to influence product design and bypass traditional OEM suppliers.

“2015 will see increased architectural experimentation,” reports Chief Research Officer Christopher Willard, Ph.D. “Users will test both low-cost nodes and new technology strategies in an effort to find a balance between these options that delivers the best performance within user budgets.”

HPC User Site Census: Systems

The HPC User Site Census: Systems report, part of Intersect360 Research's Site Census series, provides a detailed examination of the server systems installed at a sample of High Performance Computing user sites. The market research firm surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and the applications software supporting these computer installations. Other reports in this series include: HPC User Site Census: Applications; HPC User Site Census: Interconnects/Networks; HPC User Site Census: Middleware; andHPC User Site Census: Storage.

The goal in this report is to discover system-level trends within HPC user communities by examining supplier penetration, architecture trends, and node configurations.

Key findings of this Site Census survey include the following:

About Intersect360 Research

Intersect360 Research is a market intelligence, research, and consulting advisory practice focused on suppliers, users, and policymakers across the High Performance Computing ecosystem. Intersect360 Research utilizes both user-based and supplier-based research to form a complete perspective of HPC market dynamics, trends, and usage models, including both technical and business applications.

More information on Intersect360 Research can be found at: www.intersect360.com.