IDC Releases Preliminary HPC Growth Figures

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IDC has released its preliminary report on the market for HPC servers. Apparently, we saw 15.5% growth in 2007 to reach a record of $11.6 billion. This proves to be a recovery from the 9.2% increase of 2006. Over the five year period from 2002 to 2007, the market has grown an aggregate 134% at an average compounded rate of 18.8%. Our friends at IDC predict that we’ll hit $15 billion by 2011.

There was no discernible evidence of the general economic slowdown reflected in 2007 HPC system sales,” said Steve Conway, IDC research vice president for HPC. “Several factors likely helped insulate the HPC market: the length of HPC budgeting cycles, the global nature of the HPC market, HPC’s relatively small presence in the financial sector, and HPC’s essential role in government, academic research, and industry. IDC will closely monitor 2008 quarterly revenue data for any evidence of economic impact.”

The $11.6 billion revenue total was split out into the following [on a pro forma basis using new HPC competitive sgement categories]

.: The supercomputers segment priced above $500,000 grew 24% to reach $3.2 billion

.: The divisional segment for HPC servers in the $250,000 – $500,000 range increased 19% to $1.7 billion

.: The departmental segment for HPC systems from $100,000 – $249,000 grew 23% to $4.1 billion

.: The workgroup segment for sub-$100,000 servers declined 3.3% to $2.7 billion

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