|By Business Wire
|December 17, 2012 01:22 PM EST
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
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 third position.
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
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 email@example.com.
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business strategy. More than 1,000 IDC analysts provide global,
regional, and local expertise on technology and industry opportunities
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