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Apr
15

The Hyperscale Market: Definition, Scope and Market Dynamics — April 2016

Addison Snell, Laura Segervall, Michael Feldman, Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

 Since 2007, Intersect360 Research has defined “ultrascale internet” computing to be a major consumer of scalable, high-performance technologies, based on observations of companies such as Google, Amazon, and Microsoft, which have been at the forefront of a new generation of internet commerce. Today, almost a decade later, it is now known as the hyperscale market, and it has grown into a distinct information technology segment, with multiple tiers of users and an array of application categories that sets this segment apart from both high performance computing (HPC) and broader enterprise IT markets.   This report provides definitions, segmentations, and dynamics of the...

Mar
14

HPC Budget Allocation Map: Budget Expectations — March 2016

Addison Snell, Laura Segervall, Michael Feldman, Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

Intersect360 Research surveyed the High Performance Computing user community to complete its eighth 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, cloud/utility/outsourcing computing, and other. Each category was further divided into constituent subcategories, resulting in 27 unique items included in the analysis. Additionally, the respondents were asked about their future budget expectations   This report examines the change in budget from the prior year, expected budget change over the next two years, and key areas in which users see significant changes occurring...

Jan
15

HPC Budget Allocation Map: HPC Budget Distribution — January 2016

Addison Snell, Laura Segervall, Michael Feldman, Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

Intersect360 Research surveyed the High Performance Computing user community to complete its eighth 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, cloud/utility/outsourcing computing, and other. Each category was further divided into constituent subcategories, resulting in 27 unique items included in the analysis.   This report provides the average budget distribution for the responding sites within each top-level category and presents an entire view of the total HPC budget distribution and product and services spending (excluding facilities and staffing).   ...

Nov
16

Accelerated Computing: A Tipping Point for HPC — November 2015

Addison Snell, Michael Feldman, Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

The High Performance Computing (HPC) industry has gone through several eras marked by distinct architectures, each with its own programming model for application scalability. For decades vector processing was dominant, with codes that were “vectorized” to take full advantage of the model. But soon scalar processors became more economically viable, and a generation of RISC-based symmetric multi-processing (SMP) architectures dominated the market, using shared-memory programming models such as OpenMP. In the late 1990s, x86-based clusters came into the market, following the “Beowulf” model of industry-standard parts into commodity HPC systems, and the application base migrated to message-passing parallelism techniques such as MPI.   Over...

Nov
13

HPC Application Support for GPU Computing — November 2015

Addison Snell, Michael Feldman, Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

SPONSORED RESEARCH REPORT Since 2007, when GPU computing was introduced to High Performance Computing (HPC) users, the technology has advanced rapidly. Demand for computational GPUs has been driven largely by HPC practitioners looking for greater performance and improved energy efficiencies. The former has been a fundamental driver in the HPC market since its inception, while the latter is a more recent demand that has come about as a result of the breakdown of Dennard scaling. Thanks to GPUs’ throughput-optimized design and considerable floating point capability, GPU computing has been demonstrated to provide...

Nov
11

HPC User Site Census: Storage Suppliers — November 2015

Addison Snell, Laura Segervall, Michael Feldman, Christopher G. Willard Ph.D.,

This report, part of our HPC User Site Census series, provides an examination of the suppliers of storage systems installed in a sample of High Performance Computing (HPC) user sites. Intersect360 Research surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and supporting software. The resulting data is presented in a series of reports throughout the year, each describing different aspects of the HPC end-user landscape.   Key findings of the...