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High Performance Computing in the U.S. in 1994 --
An Analysis on the Basis of the TOP500 List

Horst D. Simon Advanced Systems Division
Silicon Graphics Computer Systems
Mail Stop 7L 580
Mountain View, CA 94043-1389

Tue Nov 14 15:00:26 PST 1995


In 1993 for the first time a list of the TOP500 supercomputer sites worldwide has been made available. The TOP500 list allows a much more detailed and well founded analysis of the state of high performance computing. Previously data such as the number and geographical distribution of supercomputer installations were difficult to obtain, and only a few analysts undertook the effort to track the press releases by dozens of vendors. With the TOP500 report now generally and easily available it is possible to present an analysis of the state of High Performance Computing (HPC) in the U.S. This note summarizes some of the most important observations about HPC in the U.S. as of late 1994 or early 1995, in particular the continued dominance of the world market in HPC by the U.S, the market penetration by microprocessor based systems, and the growing industrial use of supercomputers.
Tue Nov 14 15:00:18 PST 1995