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Apr
01

Risks and Rewards: SGI Sells Out to Rackable April 2009

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

Rackable has agreed to purchase “substantially all” of SGI’s assets out of bankruptcy for a rock-bottom price of $25 million. Rackable stands to gain an established position within the HPC market (albeit with a small share), a potentially lucrative services operation, an array of servers, storage and software products, and an accomplished R&D organization. Rackable also faces a number of challenges with the acquisition, including significant management and expense challenges, product line bloat, and customer contract liabilities. Overall, there is...

Apr
01

2008 Technical HPC Server Market Review April 2009

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

This Tabor Research report presents our 2008 server revenue estimates for the traditional High Productivity Computing (HPC) market. Tabor Research estimates that the traditional HPC server market generated approximately $7.50 billion in revenue in 2008, declining from $7.76 billion in 2007. The traditional HPC server market declined 3.4% year-over-year. Key estimates from the study include: The Supercomputer segment represents a respectable 18.5% of the HPC market. Supercomputers were the only product class to experience growth during 2008. HP led the market in...

Mar
01

HPC User Site Census: Application Software March 2009

Addison Snell, Debra Goldfarb, Christopher Willard Ph.D.,

This seventh report in our Site Census series provides an examination of the primary application software 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 applications 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; HPC User Site Census: Interconnects/Networks;...

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:...