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1Q13 sees 5.3% growth in HPC server market

Posted: 14 Jun 2013 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:HPC server market? supercomputer? high performance computing?

International Data Corp. (IDC) has revealed that the global factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market climbed 5.3 per cent in 1Q13 to reach $2.5 billion, up from $2.4 billion in the same period last year. Shipments of 33,511 units in 1Q13 jumped 16.4 per cent from the prior-year Q1 due to increased sales in the departmental, divisional and workgroup segments, stated the market research firm.

Revenues for the high-end supercomputers segment (systems sold for $500,000 and up) declined to $861 million in 1Q13, a 10.9 per cent drop YoY. Overall, 2012 was an exceptionally strong year for the supercomputers segment, which grew 29.6 per cent over full-year 2011 due to the acceptance of several very large supercomputers. IDC stated that through the rest of 2013, the supercomputer segment will see increased growth driven by the acceptance of additional large systems across the world.

Last year, IDC said it expected the divisional, departmental and workgroup segments to rebound as the global economy recovered. Revenue numbers reported by major vendors confirmed that this rebound was under way in 1Q13. IDC corroborated the vendor-reported trend with global field research. In Q1, the divisional segment for HPC systems (priced from $250,000 to $499,000) grew 21.3 per cent over the prior-year Q1, while revenues for departmental systems (priced $100,000 to $249,000) expanded 10.8 per cent YoY and Workgroup revenues (systems priced below $100,000) advanced 15.6 per cent over 1Q12.

IDC expected the HPC technical server market to experience a healthy 6.8 per cent CAGR with revenues reaching $15.4 billion by 2017.

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