Economic competitiveness and scientific progress are expected to provide a substantial boost to the HPC market, Campus Technology recently reported. While high end systems took a hit in the first quarter of the year, tumbling 32.7 percent from the first quarter of 2013, the decline is expected to be temporary.
According to Earl Joseph, the vice president for technical computing at IDC, HPC technical servers will increase in popularity and feature steady growth because of their importance in the economy and in science, with more small and mid-sized businesses, along with research organizations, seeking to use them for advanced simulations and high performance data analysis.
IDC reported that 33,577 systems shipped in the first quarter of 2014, up just slightly over 2013's first quarter. However, revenues were down 9.6 percent in the quarter, when compared to the first quarter of 2013, due mainly to lower sales of the higher priced systems -- those over $500,000. Sales of systems that cost $250,000 to $499,000 saw a 2.6 percent decline in revenues, the report stated, while those costing $100,000 to $249,000 remained essentially unchanged. HPC systems costing less than $100,000 saw an 11.4 percent increase over the same time period in 2013.
HPC revenues should hit approximately $14.7 billion a year by 2018, IDC stated, which indicates an annual growth of 7.4 percent.
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