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Addison Snell Laura Segervall Christopher G. Willard Ph.D. HPC User Site Census: Storage Suppliers


Intersect360 Research surveyed the High Performance Computing (HPC) user community to complete its eleventh Site Census study. The study is a look at their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and application software supporting these computer installations. This report provides a detailed examination of the storage systems installed at a sample of High Performance Computing (HPC) user sites. Our goal in this analysis ofHPC system suppliers is to examine the installations by supplier and to examine supplier penetration by sector and by region within the HPC user community.

Our Site Census survey results can be found in many reports, including the following:

  • HPC System Configurations and Technologies
  • HPC System Vendors Installed
  • HPC Storage Configurations and Technologies
  • HPC Storage Vendors Installed
  • HPC Networking Technologies
  • HPC Processing Technologies (Including Accelerators)
  • HPC Operating System Installations
  • HPC Middleware and Tool Installations
  • HPC Application Installations (segmented into application domains):
    • Biosciences
    • Business: Business intelligence, analytics, pattern recognition, ERP, CRM, security, complex event processing, general business
    • Chemistry
    • Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
    • Engineering: Structural analysis, electronic design automation (EDA), general engineering
    • Finance and economics
    • Geophysics
    • Physics
    • Scientific research
    • Visualization and image analysis
    • Weather modeling, climate modeling, environment modeling

Fifty-two named suppliers were reported in our surveys. DDN, Dell EMC, and IBM are the top providers for all reported storage systems, including for large (petabyte or more) storage systems. These three suppliers represent almost 43% of all systems reported. HPE, the number four overall supplier, received the most mentions in Asia/Pacific and for storage systems with capacities less than 500 TB.

HPC storage capacity continues to increase at our surveyed sites. In four years, the amount of storage capacity reported in our studies has almost doubled. The share of petabyte storage systems has grown from about 30% in our 2015 study to almost 50% of the reported systems in our 2018 study.


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