High Performance Computing Server Market Makes Gains: IDC
The HPC technical server market will experience a healthy 6.8 percent compound annual growth rate with revenues reaching $15.4 billion by 2017.Factory revenue for the high-performance computing technical server market increased 5.3 percent in the first quarter of 2013 to reach $2.5 billion, up from $2.4 billion in the same period of 2012, according IT research firm IDC's Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView. The firm expects the HPC technical server market to experience a robust 6.8 percent compound annual growth rate (CAGR) with revenues reaching $15.4 billion by 2017. The report noted shipments of 33,511 units in the quarter jumped 16.4 percent from the prior-year first quarter, primarily due to increased sales in the departmental, divisional and workgroup segments. Hewlett-Packard and IBM remained in close contention for worldwide market leadership, with each vendor capturing 31.5 percent of overall revenue share. Dell maintained its strong third-place position with 14.3 percent of global revenue. Revenues for the high-end supercomputer segment, which represent systems sold for $500,000 and up, declined to $861 million in the first quarter of the year, a 10.9 percent drop year over year. Overall, 2012 was an exceptionally strong year for the supercomputer segment, which grew 29.6 percent over full-year 2011 due to the acceptance of several very large supercomputers.
The report projected that through the rest of 2013, the supercomputer segment will see increased growth driven by the acceptance of additional large systems across the world.