High Performance Computing market ready to shine - Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory

2009 wasn't a great year for the high performance computing technical server market. But things are set to get better this year.

Market research from IDC said that the market dropped by 11.6 percent in 2009 to $8.6 billion, compared to $9.7 billion in 2008.

And unit shipments fell 40 percent in 2009 compared to the previous year.  The biggest players in the market were IBM and HP - they effectively tied for first place with 29.3 percent and 28.6 percent of factory revenue share.

However, supercomputers for HPC costing over half a million dollars grew by 25 percent during 2009, and were worth $3.4 billion.

This year is going to be better, reckons analyst Earl Joseph, IDC's specialist in HPC. "The HPC technical server market will begin recovering from the impact of the global economic recession in early 2010," he said. That will give year on year growth estimated to be between five to seven percent.

Government and university spending account for around 65 percent of all HPC server revenue and stimulus from the US government will help the sector recover.

Here are the top five vendor revenue and market share for this sector - revenues are in millions.

Vendor
2009
09 Share
2008
08 Share
09/08
IBM
$2532
29.3%
2590
26.5%
-2.3%
HP
$2473
28.6%
3563
36.5%
-30.6%
Dell
$1100
12.7%
1554
15.9%
-29.2%
Sun
$350
4.1%
467
4.8%
-25.1%
Cray
$342
4.0%
218
2.2%
56.7%
Others
$1840
21.3%
1379
14.1%
33.4%
Total
$8637
100%
9771
100%
-11.6%