Inside HPC — In this special guest feature, Tom Wilkie from Scientific Computing Worldreports on how China’s commercial supercomputer manufacturers are seeking export markets with the support of their Government. Big data, cloud computing, and the servers to run the internet, are all targets in an export drive by Chinese supercomputing manufacturers whose ambitions reach far beyond China and beyond high performance computing.
When one thinks of Honda Motor Company, the first image that comes to mind are likely of the automobiles, which wouldn’t be unnatural given that the company is a top five auto manufacturer in the U.S. and at the top of the list elsewhere in Asia. However, Honda’s business goes far beyond just automobiles, with a significant portion of revenue collected from across the motorcycle, jet, consumer, and power products divisions.
Worldwide factory revenues for the high performance computing (HPC) technical server market declined 7.2% to US$10.3 billion for the full year 2013, down from a record US$11.1 billion in 2012, according to IDC. IDC said it expects the worldwide HPC server market to enjoy a healthy compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 7.3% over the 2013-2017 forecast period with revenues to exceed US$14 billion in 2017.