HPC Surveys/Polls

The HPC Market has experienced healthy growth over the last decade. Here are ClusterMonkey we are constantly asking questions about the market with our "small polls." We also offer summaries of the HPC market. You can also find links to surveys and our past polls here.

Updated Forcaset Intersect360

HPC and hyperscale analyst Addison Snell from Intersect360 Research gave a presentation on August 6, 2020. The entire presentation and slides are available on Intersect 360 webpage (Thanks i360).

If you are curious how HPC may play out in the COVID-19 pandemic, watch the presentation (including questions at the end). Slides are also helpful, but Addison provides good context . For the impatient, here are the conclusions:

  • Demand for high-performance computing endures. HPC is a long-term, stable growth market.
  • Regardless of COVID-19, dynamics were shifting toward:
    • Increase in cloud computing, or other cloud-like deployments
    • Increase in government spending
  • COVID-19 accelerates both of these trends
  • HPC vendors should expect purchases to be delayed in 2020, followed by a boom year in 2021 as sales cycles come back in. However, not all lost revenue is recaptured.
  • There is significant risk in this forecast. Two significant factors are:
    1. How long COVID-19 persists as an economic damper.
    2. The health of HPC vendors and their ability to ride out the market instability.

Press release from Intersect360

HPC and hyperscale analyst firm Intersect360 Research has released a new report guiding its clients that the market for High Performance Computing (HPC) products and services will fall significantly short of its previous 2020 forecast, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. The newly-revised forecast predicts the overall worldwide HPC market will be flat to down 12% in 2020.

[Note: Another good article (IT Spending Prognostication During The Great Infection at the Next Platform.]

A recent Intersect360 Research Report presents the 2015 total market model and five-year forecast for the overall High Performance Computing (HPC) market, including servers, storage, services, software, networks and other products. Last year (2015) saw continued realignment of supplier position based on sale of IBM’s x86 server business to Lenovo. Expectations varied by economic sector, but were generally more bullish than supplier results might suggest. Cloud computing maintained a high level of interest, even as current spending remained relatively low.

Recently, Bill Broadley of UC Davis presented the Beowulf mailing list with a survey on NFS and HPC. Bill has collected the results and given permission to post a summary on Cluster Monkey. Many thanks for all the 27 respondents (who are seasoned HPC administrators) . Note that not all respondents answered all questions..

1) cluster OS:

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.


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