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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 4.3% CAGR from 2016 to 2021, reaching $43.9 billion at the end of the forecast period.
Industrial use cases are already the majority of the market, consuming 55.5% of HPC products and services. Moreover, industry will continue to be the major driver of growth in HPC, with contribution coming from both established and emerging HPC vertical markets, and both experienced and new HPC users. In total, the HPC industry will grow by over $8.3 billion over the course of the next five years, with over $7.3 billion of that growth contributed by commercial end users.
Public sector spending will remain restricted over the forecast period. In particular, our outlook is government-funded spending on scientific research will be largely flat worldwide. In the government sector, this will be offset somewhat by spending in military, defense, and security applications.




  • 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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