July 10, 2018

Cloud Computing in HPC Surges

According to the two leading analyst firms covering the high performance computing market, the use of the cloud for HPC workloads is looking a lot more attractive to users these days.

Intersect360 offered the most upbeat assessment in this regard, noting that cloud spending by HPC customers grew by a whopping 44 percent from 2016 to 2017, calling it a “breakout year” for this product category. According to the company’s market data, that put cloud-based spending at around $1.1 billion for 2017. And even though that represents only about three percent of total HPC revenue for the year, it’s a high-water mark for cloud computing in this space.

The big jump in cloud spending was driven by a number of different factors, according the Intersect360 folks, including “increasing facilities costs for hosting HPC, maturation of application licensing models, increased availability of high-performance cloud resources, and a spike in requirements for machine learning applications.”

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