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The analysis of the data provided by the TOP500 report has led us to a
number of conclusions concerning the state of HPC in the U.S. at the end
of 1995. Some of these conclusions are:
- The U.S. is the clear world leader both as producer and as consumer of
performance computers. This leadership position has been even more strengthened
- Microprocessor based supercomputers are about to bring a major change in
the accessibility and affordability
of supercomputers. The installed base of supercomputer Gflop/s
almost doubled in the last six months of 1995 in the US.
This increase is due to a large number of medium to small installations of
machines based on the IBM Power2 and the SGI/MIPS R8000 processors.
- MPPs now account for more that half of all installed supercomputers
and in the US. Market penetration by MPPs worldwide is now at the same level
as the US.
SMP system are used more frequently in the US than worldwide. This may be an
a trend towards replacing older PVP systems with SMP systems.
Generally the TOP500 list has proven itself to be an extremely valuable tool
evaluating trends in the HPC market. Future releases of this report should
enable the HPC community to track important developments much more
accurately than in the past.
Tue May 28 14:38:25 PST 1996