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Mar
01

InfiniBand: Increases in Speed, Usage, Competition March 2009

Addison Snell,

Ten years removed from its introduction, InfiniBand has become the most frequently selected system interconnect for HPC. In addition, InfiniBand is increasingly implemented for LANs and storage in HPC environments, and adoption is also growing in applications beyond HPC. After a wave of consolidation, Mellanox became the chief provider of InfiniBand silicon. As 40 Gb/sec switches came to the market, QLogic expanded into that part of the value chain as well, creating a second source for InfiniBand chips. With InfiniBand penetration still...

Feb
01

2008 Top Ten Study Results From Tabor Research February 2009

Addison Snell, Christopher Willard Ph.D.,

Tabor Research studies range from primary end-user surveys, such as the HPC Site Census and the HPC Site Budget Survey, to market sizing and forecast efforts. In 2008 these studies provided a wide range of actionable insights based on a quantitative look at HPC market behavior. Looking forward, we present the following list of our top ten insights that will have an effect in 2009 and beyond. ...

Feb
01

Platform Computing in the Catbird Seat February 2009

Addison Snell,

A series of HPC technology trends – clustering, grid computing, multi-core processing, utility computing – has steadily increased the importance of middleware. Throughout these market evolutions, Platform Computing has endured as a stable industry leader in middleware solutions targeted at improving efficiency within and across systems. Now, at the dawn of cloud computing, commercial HPC users have identified Platform as their most commonly used middleware provider. With industry trends continuing to favor its part of the ecosystem, Platform Computing is among a...

Jan
01

Preliminary 2008 Market Review, January 2009

Addison Snell, Laura Segervall, Debra Goldfarb, Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

This Tabor Research report presents our 2008 (preliminary) server revenue estimates for the traditional High Productivity Computing (HPC) market. Tabor Research estimates that the Traditional HPC server market was approximately $7.83 billion in 2008, declining from $7.89 billion in 2007. The traditional HPC server market declined 0.8% year-over-year. Key estimates from the study include: The Supercomputer segment represents a respectable 17.5% of the HPC market. Both Supercomputers and High-End HPC segments experienced growth while Mid-Range and Entry-Level HPC servers declined. IBM and...

Nov
01

HPC Site Budget Allocation Map: Industry Averages November 2008

Addison Snell, Laura Segervall, Debra Goldfarb, Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

Tabor Research surveyed the High Productivity Computing user community to complete its second Site Budget Allocation Map, a look at how HPC sites divide and spend their budgets. We surveyed users on their spending in seven top-level categories: hardware, software, facilities, staffing, services, utility computing, and other. Each category was further divided into constituent subcategories, resulting in 25 unique items included in the analysis (excluding “Other” categories). This report contains the key data, along with analysis, conclusions, and guidance. This initial report...

Nov
01

HPC User Site Census: Primary Middleware November 2008

Addison Snell, Laura Segervall, Debra Goldfarb, Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

This sixth report in our Site Census series provides an examination of middleware found at a sample of HPC user sites. We surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and application software supporting these computer installations. The other reports in this series include: HPC User Site Census: Systems, HPC User Site Census: Processors, HPC User Site Census: Storage, HPC User Site Census: Life Cycle, and HPC User Site Census:...