HPC Server Revenue Posts Record Growth in Third Quarter of 2012, IDC Reports
FRAMINGHAM, Mass. -- December 17, 2012
Worldwide factory revenue for the high performance computing (HPC) technical
server market achieved its highest-ever level in the third quarter of 2012
(3Q12). Third quarter revenue grew 40.3% to reach $3.3 billion, up from $2.6
billion in the same period of 2011, according to the newly released
International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide High-Performance Technical
Server QView. IDC maintains its forecast that the HPC technical server market
will reach $11 billion for the full year 2012, expanding by about 7% over 2011
revenues of $10.3 billion.
A major component of the 3Q12 growth came from very large systems sold by
Fujitsu and IBM. The brightest spot continued to be the high-end
Supercomputers segment, consisting of HPC systems sold for $500,000 and up.
Revenue in this segment jumped 80.6% over the second quarter of 2012 to $2.1
billion. At the other end of the price spectrum, revenue from Workgroup HPC
systems, sold for below $100,000, grew slightly at 5.4% compared to 2Q12, and
declined 8.8% year over year. Workgroup HPC systems were especially hard hit
by the global economic recession, but IDC expects this segment to rebound in
the coming five-year period.
In the third quarter of 2012, the high-end Supercomputers segment accounted
for 62.4% of worldwide HPC technical server revenue, while the Divisional
segment ($250,000 to $499,000 price band) captured 10.2% of revenue. The
Departmental segment ($100,000 to $249,000 price band) made up 19.3% of
revenue, and the Workgroup segment contributed 8.1%.
Third quarter 2012 unit shipments of 23,659 increased by 3.4% over the
previous quarter, as average selling prices continued to grow during an
ongoing, multi-year shift to large system sales.
During the first three quarters of 2012, the HPC technical server market grew
by 8.3%, with a decline of 13.1% in unit shipments, compared to the same
period in 2011. The high end Supercomputers segment experienced growth of
39.4% in the first three quarters of 2012 compared with the same period in
2011. Revenue for Workgroup HPC systems experienced a decline 11.3% when
compared to the first three quarters in 2011.
"HPC technical servers, especially Supercomputers, have been closely linked
not only to scientific advances but also to industrial innovation and economic
competitiveness. For this reason, nations and regions across the world are
increasing their investments in supercomputing even in today's challenging
economic conditions," said Earl Joseph, program vice president for Technical
Computing at IDC. "We expect the global race for HPC leadership in the
petascale-exascale era to continue heating up during this decade."
IDC expects the HPC technical server market to experience a compound annual
growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3% over the 2012-2016 forecast period to reach
revenues of $14 billion by 2016.
Vendor Highlights for Third-Quarter 2012
*IBM and HP remained the worldwide market leaders capturing 33.1% and 25.7%
of overall revenue share, respectively.
*In the third quarter of 2012, Fujitsu, driven by its K system deployment,
earned the third place position with over 16.1% of the worldwide revenue.
However, over the first three quarters of 2012, Dell maintained its strong
*Cray (+14.4%), SGI (+19.7%), and Bull (+18.7%) all made strong year-over
year revenue gains during the third quarter of 2012, driven by the
acceptance of large systems. Several vendors in the combined "Other"
category saw significant regional sales, including China's Dawning, which
showed continued momentum at a more moderate pace (2.7%).
The IDC Worldwide High-Performance Technical Server QView presents the HPC
market from various perspectives, including by competitive segment, vendor,
cluster versus non-cluster, geography, and operating system. It also contains
detailed revenue and shipment information by HPC models.
For more information about the IDC Worldwide High Performance Technical Server
QView, contact Chirag Dekate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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