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High Performance Computing (HPC) Budget Allocation Map: Industry Averages - Snapshot Analysis

  • ID: 2639678
  • Report
  • March 2013
  • 18 Pages
  • Intersect360 Research
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Intersect360 Research surveyed the High Performance Computing user community to complete its fifth Site Budget Allocation Map, a look at how HPC sites divide and spend their budgets. We surveyed users on their spending in seven top-level categories: hardware, software, facilities, staffing, services, cloud/utility computing, and other. Each category was further divided into constituent subcategories, resulting in 25 unique items included in the analysis.

This report provides the average budget distribution for the responding sites within each category and presents a view of the entire HPC budget distribution and IT product spending (excluding facilities and staffing).

Important statistical highlights from this study include:

- Hardware remains the largest category. The average HPC site spent 46% of its HPC budget on hardware this year. Servers lead spending in this category, followed by storage and networks.

- Staffing continued as the second-largest overall expense. System management and operations combined with maintenance personnel accounted for 46% of the staffing budget.

- Facilities expenditures represent on average 9.5% of a site's HPC budget. We estimate that, on average, at least another 5% is paid for facilities items out of another budget. About 38% of respondents stated that their facilities costs were “not in budget” (NIB), and many of those who had facilities in their budget did not pay every item (e.g., power, cooling, building/floor space).

- Software share remains steady at about 14% of the total HPC budget. Software tools accounted for the largest share within software, with a 25% share of the HPC software budget.

- More than half (55%) of all respondents expect their budgets to increase more than 5% over the next two years, and 33% expect little or no change in budgets.
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