High performance computing (HPC) refers to any form of computational activity that requires more than one computer to execute complex computational tasks. With the help of supercomputers and computer clusters, high performance computing has the ability to manage and analyze large amounts of data at an exceptionally high speed. In other words, where solving a complex computational problem using a normal computer could take a couple of months, high performance computing enables users to do the same in days or may be even minutes.
HPC has become more ubiquitous in recent times with small, medium, as well as large enterprises exploiting the benefits it offers. The high performance computing market has had a significant impact across all economic sectors and forecast suggests that the market is expected to grow at a steady rate in the near future.
Increasing adoption of high performance computing
The importance of high performance computing is being recognized across all verticals – right from academics and communications to biotech and defense. This extensive usage has led to rapid adoption even by governments across the globe. Understanding the significance of high performance computing in matters of security and economic competitiveness, governments have increased investments in the field.
Product innovations and recent developments in the field of high performance computing such as cloud-based services have attracted not just data centers but even SMEs within the market. In addition to this, the growing number of supercomputers across the world and rising economic competitiveness has fueled the growth of the high performance computing market.
In contrast, factors that are expected to stall the growth of the high performance computing industry are pricing, issues related to power and cooling, and cost of computer resources.
Fragmentation of the high performance computing market
The global high performance computing market is extremely fragmented and is segmented on the basis of various parameters: components, professional services, price bands, deployment, end users, and geography.
The components of high performance computing include storage, servers, networking devices, and software (which include cluster management, middleware, fabric management, performance optimization tools, and programming tools). Professional services provided under high performance computing comprise designing and consulting, integration and deployment, and training and outsourcing. High performance computing may be deployed either on premise or on cloud. There are two main categories of high performance computing based on price bands – US$249,000-100,000 and below, and US$250,000-500,000 and above.
High performance computing finds applications in almost every industry vertical. Some of the major end users include gaming, academic institutions, bio sciences, manufacturing, retail, media and entertainment, web, government and defense, energy and natural resources, transportation and logistics, weather, BFSI institutions, and chemical.
Geographically, the high performance computing market can be divided into four main regions: North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and Rest of the World.
High performance computing: Key market players and innovators
The high performance computing market is driven by immense competition among players. There are numerous small and large companies operating in the market and have had a significant impact on the same. These include Microsoft Corporation, Hitachi Data Systems, Groupe Bull, The International Business Machines Corporation, Silicon Graphics International Corporation, NetApp, Inc., Advanced Micro Devices, Inc., Oracle Corporation, Cisco Systems, Inc., Fujitsu Ltd., Cray Inc., Dell Inc., Hewlett-Packard Company, and Intel Corporation.
Innovation is a key aspect of the high performance computing market and companies invest a lot of time and money to develop innovative solutions to gain competitive advantage. Some of the leading innovators of the high performance computing industry are Asetek, Chelsio Communication, Sabalcore Computing Inc., Super Micro Computer, Inc., Terascala, Cycle Computing, Penguin Consulting Group, and Panasas, Inc.
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