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Worldwide High Performance Computing 2016 Total Market Model and 2017–2021 Forecast: Economic Se

by Addison Snell, Christopher G. Willard, Ph.D., Laura Segervall
for Intersect360 Research
October 2017


This Intersect360 Research report presents the 2016 total market model and five-year forecast for the overall High Performance Computing (HPC) market, segmented into economic sectors, including academia, government, and industry. The forecast horizon is from 2017 through 2021, with compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) using 2016 as a base.
Other Intersect360 Research reports provide forecast segmentations by product category (servers, storage, services, software, networking, cloud, and other), server class (entry-level, mid-range, high-end, supercomputer), geographic region, and vertical market, as well as vendor shares for the current year for servers and for storage.
Intersect360 Research defines HPC as the use of servers, clusters, and supercomputers—plus associated software, tools, components, storage, and services—for scientific, engineering, or analytical tasks that are particularly intensive in computation, memory usage, or data management. Intersect360 Research separately tracks the hyperscale market, which consists of arbitrarily scalable, web-facing application infrastructure in excess of $1 million of annual spending from a given site.
Some of the key findings of this report include:
·       The total worldwide HPC market (servers, storage, software, etc.) reached $35.6 billion in 2016, up 3.5% from 2015.
·       Intersect360 Research projects HPC revenue compound annual growth rate to be 5.2% CAGR from 2016 to 2021, reaching $36.9 billion at the end of the forecast period.
·       The industrial sector has been the major driver of market growth. Industry currently represents 56.1% of HPC consumption, spanning technical applications in such areas as manufacturing, pharmaceuticals, energy, chemical engineering, and financial services. We expect this sector to grow at more than twice the rate of the public sectors over the forecast period.
·       Public-sector budgets have shown some loosening from the constrictions of the past few years. Academia will continue with moderate growth at 3.2% CAGR over the forecast period. Government spending will continue to be limited by austerity programs but nevertheless will return to slow growth, at 3.0% CAGR over the forecast period.




  • HPC system elements
  • Systems, clusters
  • Server technologies
  • Storage elements
  • Storage systems
  • Interconnect elements
  • System interconnects
  • Software elements
  • Operating systems
  • Services
  • Cloud computing, grid computing, utility computing
  • Other technology trends
  • Big Data trends
  • Government programs or investment in HPC


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