IDC Offers New “Pulse” Survey Capability for Worldwide HPC and HPDA Markets

FRAMINGHAM, Mass., October 29, 2013 – International Data Corporation (IDC) today announced the availability of a pioneering new "Pulse" survey capability for organizations wanting rapid answers to their urgent questions about the worldwide high performance computing (HPC) and high performance data analysis (HPDA) markets. HPDA is the market for big data needing HPC resources, IDC said.

The Pulse surveys rely on a growing panel of more than 500 HPC/HPDA technical experts, funders, buyers, and end-users who have agreed to participate in IDC brief surveys related to their areas of expertise. Unlike IDC's traditional, in-depth studies that take multiple months from start to finish, Pulse surveys are short, rifle-shot probes that can be carried out in as little as a few weeks.

"IDC developed the Pulse capability in response to requests for a solution like this from key clients. We have been successfully conducting Pulse surveys for more than six months, and now we are excited to offer this capability to anyone who could benefit from it," according to Earl Joseph, IDC Program Vice President for Technical Computing at IDC.

Pulse surveys can be conducted on nearly any topic but are especially appropriate for answering specific questions public- and private-sector organizations have about new trends, new markets, and new technologies that are likely to affect them. "That includes the fast-growing HPDA market, which is attracting both established HPC users and large commercial firms that are adopting HPC to perform advanced analytics," said Steve Conway, IDC Research Vice President in charge of HPDA analysis.

Joseph said that to develop the Pulse methodology and panel, IDC has contacted more than 30,000 scientists, engineers, financial analytics experts, and others around the world. "This is one of the most far-reaching research efforts ever undertaken in the HPC community. In the ongoing effort to grow our highly qualified, representative panel of respondents, we expect eventually to contact over 100,000 experts," Joseph said.

IDC uses the term high performance computing (HPC) to refer to all technical computing servers and clusters used to solve problems that are computationally intensive or data intensive. The term also refers to the market for these systems and the activities within this market. It includes technical servers but excludes desktop computers used for technical computing.

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