IDC's Worldwide Performance-Intensive Computing Taxonomy, 2022

IDC's Worldwide Performance-Intensive Computing Taxonomy, 2022

This IDC study lays the groundwork for performance-intensive computing (PIC) as a composite market. It combines infrastructure approaches across three major and fast-growing use case categories: high-performance computing (HPC; [aka modeling and simulation [M&S]), artificial intelligence (AI), and Big Data and analytics (BDA). PIC combines infrastructure on and off premises and self-managed and as-a-service deployments. As a compute, storage, and connectivity paradigm, it offers the most powerful and efficient way to execute mathematically intensive, very complex instructions or to perform a relatively simple instruction on massive amounts of data."In the past couple of years, a common infrastructure paradigm has emerged, thanks to the importance of mathematically intensive computations in many use cases found in digital organizations," said Peter Rutten, research VP at IDC's Infrastructure Systems, Platforms, and Technologies Group. "We believe that performance-intensive computing offers an opportunity for vendors to approach these use cases in a more streamlined and targeted fashion."

Please Note: Extended description available upon request.

IDC's Worldwide Performance-Intensive Computing Taxonomy
Performance-Intensive Computing Taxonomy Changes for 2022
Taxonomy Overview
Note on Massively Parallel Computing
Advice for the Technology Supplier
Performance at All Costs
Package Performance-Intensive Computing Software Stacks
Low-Latency Interconnect and Network Support
What Is Performance-Intensive Computing?
Performance-Intensive Computing Infrastructure
Infrastructure Hardware
Discrete Computing Platforms
General Purpose (COTS Hardware)
Special Purpose (Custom Hardware)
Discrete Storage Platforms and Systems
External Storage Systems
Server-Based Storage Platforms (Storage-Intensive Servers)
Converged and Hyperconverged Systems
Certified Reference Systems and Integrated Infrastructure
Integrated Platforms
Hyperconverged Systems
Intra-Node Connectivity
Inter-Node and Datacenter Connectivity
Wide Area Network Connectivity
Infrastructure Software
Physical and Virtual Computing Software
Operating Systems and Subsystems
Software-Defined Compute
Storage Software
Systems Management Software
Other Infrastructure Software
Performance-Intensive Computing Infrastructure Additional Attributes — Hardware and Software (Compute)
Computing Instance Type
Core Density Optimized
Memory Optimized
Network Optimized
Cloud Native
Level 1: Intra-Node (Processor)
Level 2: Intra-Node (Accelerator)
Level 3: Inter-Node (Cluster)
Level 4: Inter-Node (Datacenter)
Level 5: Inter-Node (Geodispersed)
Performance-Intensive Computing Infrastructure Additional Attributes — Hardware and Software (Storage and Connectivity)
Storage Data Organization
File Storage Type
Connectivity Protocols
Performance-Intensive Computing Infrastructure Additional Attributes — Workloads
Workload Abstraction
Bare Metal
Workload Profile
Compute Intensive
Memory Intensive
Data Intensive
Network Intensive
Workloads/Use Case Groups
Artificial Intelligence
High-Performance Computing
Big Data and Analytics
Other Performance-Intensive Workloads
Performance-Intensive Computing Infrastructure Additional Attributes — Management and Deployment
Control Plane
Premises Based (Installed or as a Service)
Cloud Based (as a Service)
Hybrid Cloud and Multicloud Control Planes
Deployment Location
Self-Owned and/or Operated Facilities (Local)
Service Provider Facilities (Hosted)
Hybrid Deployment
Management Type
Self-Managed (Operated)
OEM Vendor
Independent Software Vendor
Cloud Service Provider
Managed Service Provider
Performance-Intensive Computing Infrastructure as a Service
Infrastructure Hardware as a Service
Infrastructure Software as a Service
Add-On PaaS and SaaS Options
Platform-as-a-Service Options
Software-as-a-Service Options
Floating Point Precision (Future Consideration)
Related Markets
Learn More
Related Research

Download our eBook: How to Succeed Using Market Research

Learn how to effectively navigate the market research process to help guide your organization on the journey to success.

Download eBook
Cookie Settings