High-performance servers up 15.5% in 2007

The market for high performance computing (HPC) servers grew 15.5% in 2007 to reach a record $11.6 bln, according to IDC. IDC reported that the HPC server market resumed strong double-digit growth in 2007 after dipping to 9.2% growth in 2006 – the first single-digit increase since 2002.

Over the five-year period from 2002 to 2007, the HPC server market has grown an aggregate 134% at an average annual compounded rate (CAGR) of 18.8%. IDC projects that this market will reach $15 bln by 2011. The 2007 $11.6 bln revenue total split out by HPC server price bands as follows. The supercomputers segment for HPC servers priced above $500,000 grew 24% YTY to reach $3.2 bln in 2007. The divisional segment for HPC servers in the $250,000-$499,999 price range increased 19% over 2006 to $1.7 bln. The departmental segment for HPC systems priced from $100,000 to $249,999 grew 23% from the prior year to reach $4.1 bln. The workgroup segment for sub-$100,000 HPC servers declined slightly (3.3%) to 2007 revenue of $2.7 bln.