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Addison Snell Laura Segervall Christopher G. Willard Ph.D. Worldwide High Performance Computing 2018 Total Market Model and 2019–2023 Forecast: Software Categories


This Intersect360 Research report presents the software segment of the 2018 total market model and five-year forecast for the overall High Performance Computing (HPC) market, segmented into constituent categories: system software, middleware, developer tools, storage management software, licensed application software, transfer costs for internal software, and other. The forecast horizon is from 2019 through 2023, with compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) using 2018 as a base.

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 reports available in this series include the following segmentations:

  • Products and Services: servers, storage, networks, software, service, cloud, other
  • Economic sectors: industry, government, academia
  • Vertical markets: academia, national security, national research labs, national agencies, state or local governments, bio sciences, chemical engineering, consumer product manufacturing, electronics, energy, financial services, large product manufacturing, media and entertainment, retail, transportation, other
  • Regions: North America, EMEA, Asia-Pacific, Latin America
  • Server class (HPC server revenue): entry-level, midrange, high-end, supercomputer
  • Cloud categories (HPC cloud revenue): raw cycles, cloud storage, application hosting (SaaS), infrastructure hosting (IaaS, PaaS), other
  • Software categories (HPC software revenue, this report): operating environments, developer tools, middleware, storage software, transfer costs, application software, other
  • Services categories (HPC services revenue): maintenance and repair, system engineering, system integration, training, programming services, other
  • HPC server market shares (current year only, not forecast)
  • HPC storage market shares (current year only, not forecast)

As a whole, software is the segment in which we see the most variability in spending patterns between vertical markets and application domains. Engineering-driven domains, such as manufacturing or electronics, have a high proportion of licensed applications and therefore tend to pay much more for software than their counterparts in other vertical markets. In 2018, the highest-growth software category was developer tools, as HPC users incorporating machine learning libraries and other tools for the adoption of AI. In the five-year forecast, we see regression to the mean for most software categories, though growth in licensed application software will be suppressed by a slow, long-term trend toward open-source and in-house software. Storage software will also see slow growth, as trends in tiered storage make parallel file systems relatively less important by the end of the forecast period.



  • 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
  • Artificial Intelligence / AI
  • Deep Learning / Machine Learning



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