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Predictions for HPC in 2015 from Intersect360 Research

Chris Willard, Intersect360 Research

Chris Willard, Intersect360 Research

Intersect360 Research has published their 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.

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.”

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.

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