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HPC User Site Census: System Suppliers

by Christopher G. Willard, Ph.D., Addison Snell, Laura Segervall, Michael Feldman
for Intersect360 Research
August 2015

The HPC User Site Census: Systems report, part of Intersect360 Research's Site Census series, provides a detailed examination of the server systems installed at a sample of High Performance Computing user sites. We surveyed a broad range of users about their current computer system installations, storage systems, networks, middleware, and the applications software supporting these computer installations.
The goal in this analysis of HPC system suppliers is to examine the installations by supplier and to examine supplier penetration by sector and by region within the HPC user communities.
Key findings of this Site Census survey include the following:
  • Dell, HP, and Lenovo were the top-named vendors out of 42 vendors in Intersect360 Research’s total site database. The top five named vendors (also including SGI and Cray) captured 53.6% of the systems market.
  • More HP systems were acquired in 2014+ than any other supplier.
  • Dell had a significantly higher share (17.6%) at academic sites while HP had the highest share (20%) of installations at commercial sites. For the government sector, Cray had the highest share for named suppliers with 13.6%.
  • In North America, Dell had the highest share of systems installed, while Lenovo had the most in EMEA and HP had the highest share for named suppliers in Asia-Pacific.
  • HP had the most server nodes installed - the first time in at least five years of surveys. Lenovo and Dell, held the number two and three positions, respectively, for number of nodes installed. Outliers (i.e., systems with 2,000 or more nodes) were excluded.

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