Market Snapshot: Exascale Computing & Hyperscale Data Centers


Market Snapshot: Exascale Computing & Hyperscale Data Centers

Extreme-scale or exascale computing that is 50 to 100 times faster than the fastest systems of today is planned to be available in the 2021-23 timeframe and will enable major advances in a broad range of fields, including the discovery of new materials, accurate prediction of severe weather events, reducing pollution, investigating new treatments for cancer, and enabling faster and more accurate engineering designs. Advancements in this area will in turn form the basis for the next generation of widely deployed systems in data centers in the commercial and academic sectors.

Hyperscale data centers are a growing market, and some see these as an enabling technology for exascale computing. BCC Research reports that the global market for hyperscale data centers will grow from $39.0 billion in 2017 to $98.2 billion by 2022 with a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3% for the period of 2017-2022. While relatively new to the mainstream data center market, hyperscale data centers have long been used by internet companies to manage the massive volumes of data that companies use to store information and scale up their business infrastructure. While initially only serving a few, hyperscale data centers are expanding into mainstream data centers, led by large enterprises in financial services, telecommunications and retail who need the economies of scale and flexibility the technologies provide. This expansion is being driven by firms transforming their IT organizations and networks to enable their own cloud computing environments, whereas others are designing parallel infrastructures to work more seamlessly with the major cloud providers through private cloud, public cloud or hybrid cloud models. According to BCC Research, the demand for this kind of flexible scalability is expected to grow from $21.5 billion in 2016 to $98.2 billion by 2022 at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 20.3%.

According to the MarketsandMarkets the High Performance Computing (HPC) market is expected to grow from $32.11 billion in 2017 to $44.98 billion by 2022, at a CAGR of 7.0% during the forecast period. This growth is being driven by an increasing need for efficient computing, enhanced scalability, and reliable storage. HPC offerings can handle large volumes of data with ease and can extensively support higher processing power and speed for data analysis. This has further fueled the demand for these solutions among end users. Within the HPC market, the networking devices segment is expected to witness the highest CAGR by providing organizations with optimum networking solutions that help them overcome the issues of traditional networks that are highly static and associated with high operational overheads and manual intervention. Regionally, North America is estimated to have the largest market size in 2017, owing to the presence of a large number of vendors and rapid adoption of HPC solutions in this region. The market in APAC is expected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The primary driving forces for this growth are the increasing awareness and adoption of effective and scalable solutions in this region. Some of the major technology vendors in the HPC market include AMD (US), Atos (France), AWS (US), Cisco Systems (US), Cray (US), DDN (US), Dell (US), Fujitsu (Japan), Hitachi Vantara (US), HPE (US), Huawei (China), IBM (US), Inspur (China), Intel (US), Lenovo (US), Microsoft (US), NEC (Japan), NetApp (US), NVIDIA (US), Oracle (US), Panasas (US), Penguin Computing (US), Spectra Logic (US), Sugon (China), and Xilinx (US).

The Exascale Computing Project (ECP) is a collaborative effort of two U.S. Department of Energy organizations – the Office of Science (DOE-SC) and the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) focused on accelerating the delivery of a capable exascale computing ecosystem that delivers 50 times more computational science and data analytic application power than possible with DOE HPC systems such as Titan (ORNL) and Sequoia (LLNL). The ultimate goal of the ECP is to launch a U.S. exascale ecosystem by 2021. The ECP Annual Meeting will be held in Houston, Texas from January 14-19, 2019, and a calendar of upcoming HPC events may also be viewed for further learning opportunities.