HPC technical server revenue dips 2.6% to $2.45 bn in Q2: IDC

High performance computing (HPC) technical server market revenue dipped 2.6 percent to $2.45 billion in the second quarter of 2014, said IDC.

The decline was due to the relatively low supercomputer sales.

HPC in $250,000 price points were hit especially hard.

Divisional segment for HPC systems sold for between $250,000 and $499,000. Revenue in this segment rose 11.3 percent to $388.7 million.

The departmental segment for systems priced from $100,000 to $249,000 expanded by 0.9 percent year over year in the second quarter to $892.2 million.

Together, the workgroup and departmental segments made up 54.5 percent of all HPC server systems revenue in the quarter.

High-end supercomputers segment for systems sold for $500,000 and up accounted for 29.7 percent of the overall market, or $725.1 million.

The divisional segment ($250,000 to $499,000 price band) represented 15.9 percent of total HPC systems revenue, or $388.7 million, an 11.3 percent increase over the second quarter of 2013.

Shipments increased 6.6 percent to 33,277 units, reflecting the growth of lower-priced systems that sell in higher volume than large supercomputers. Unit sales declined 0.9 percent from Q1 2014.

HP and IBM captured 32.4 percent and 24.6 percent of overall revenue share, respectively.

Dell maintained its third place position with 16.3 percent of global revenue.

NEC, Bull, Dawning, and SGI all made strong year-over year revenue gains during the second quarter of 2014, driven by the acceptance of large systems.

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