Worldwide high performance computing (HPC) technical server market is expected to increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 6.8% to reach $15.4bn by 2017, according to a report from the International Data Corporation (IDC).
According to the report, the HPC server market reported a 5.3% rise during the first quarter of 2013 to reach $2.5bn, compared to the $2.4bn during the same period previous year.
During the first quarter, the HPC server shipments increased by 16.4% to 33,511 units compared to the corresponding period last year, driven by the increased sales in the departmental, divisional, and workgroup segments.
The high-end Supercomputers segment, which recorded 10.9% year over year decrease in revenue to $861m for the quarter, is expected to experience growth driven by the acceptance of additional large systems across the globe.
IDC Technical Computing programme vice president Earl Joseph said that Supercomputer revenues actually accelerated during the global economic downturn, driven by the growing recognition of the crucial role these systems play in economic competitiveness as well as scientific progress.
"Now the ongoing economic recovery is encouraging existing buyers to complete postponed purchases of entry-level and midrange HPC systems, and new buyers are acquiring these systems for high performance data analysis," Joseph said.
During the period, the Divisional segment for HPC systems registered 21.3% growth over the same period prior-year, while the Departmental system revenue rose 10.8% year over year and Workgroup revenues went up by 15.6%, compared to the first quarter of 2012.
HP and IBM competed for the first position in the market with each having 31.5% revenue share, followed by Dell with 14.3% share of the global revenue.