|[March 24, 2014]
2013 HPC Server Market Growth Dips As Expected Following Record 2012, IDC Reports
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. --(Business Wire)--
Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC)
technical server market declined -7.2% to $10.3 billion for the full
year 2013, down from a record $11.1 billion in 2012, according to the
newly released International Data Corporation (IDC)
High-Performance Technical Server QView. IDC (News - Alert) had predicted the
decline from the prior year, when several extremely large supercomputer
sales propelled the high-end Supercomputers segment of the market to new
heights. IDC expects the worldwide HPC server market to enjoy a healthy
compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3% over the 2013-2017 forecast
period with revenues to exceed $14 billion in 2017.
The Supercomputers segment, for HPC systems that sell for $500,000 and
up, declined -29.4% year over year to $4.0 billion, accounting for 38.8%
of total HPC server revenue in 2013. A major component of the 2013
revenue came from very large systems sold by IBM (News - Alert), HP, and Cray. IDC
expects this segment to resume growth in future years.
The sub-$500,000 segments experienced a second successive year of robust
growth, continuing their rebound from the global economic recession.
The Divisional segment ($250,000-$499,000 price band) grew 11.4% year
over year to reach $1.4 billion, or 13.2% of the total HPC server
revenue for 2013.
The Departmental segment ($100,000-$250,000 price band) expanded by
12.9% to $3.4billion, or 32.7% of total 2013 HPC server revenue.
The Workgroup segment, for HPC systems sold for less than $100,000,
showed the strongest growth expanding 23.9% over 2012 to $1.6 billion,
and representing 15.4% of all 2013 HPC server revenue.
"HPC servers have been closely linked not only to scientific advances
but also to industrial innovation and economic competitiveness. For this
reason, nations and regions across the world, as well as businesses and
universities of all sizes, are increasing their investments in high
performance computing," said Earl
Joseph, Program Vice President for Technical
Computing at IDC.
Unit shipments in 2013 increased by 19% year over year, due to the
continued rebound in the sub-$500,000 segments where the majority of all
HPC server units are sold.
HP led the market in 2013 with a 32.3% share of overall HPC server
revenue, followed by IBM with 27.7%.
Cray had an exceptionally strong 2013, boosting revenue 23.4% over
Dawning's strong second-half performance led to 73.8% revenue growth
The combined "Other" category exceeded $1 billion for the first time
and was heavily driven by the acceptance of the Tianhe-2 system built
by China's National University of Defense Technology (NUDT).
The IDC Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView presents the
HPC market from various perspectives, including by competitive segment,
vendor, cluster versus non-cluster, geography, and operating system. It
also contains detailed revenue and shipment information by HPC models.
For more information about the IDC Worldwide High Performance Technical
Server QView, please contact Chirag Dekate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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