EXECUTIVE AND MARKET BRIEFINGS
CloudLightning executive and market briefings provide in-depth quantitative and qualitative technology market assessments of the HPC, genome sequencing and 3D image rendering markets.
Drivers and Barriers to Using High Performance Computing in the Cloud
Cloud computing is transforming the utilisation and efficiency of IT infrastructures across all sectors. Historically, cloud computing has not been used for high performance computing (HPC) to the same degree as other use cases for a number of reasons.
This executive briefing is a preliminary report of a larger study on demand-side barriers and drivers of cloud computing adoption for HPC. A more comprehensive report and analysis will be published later in 2016. From June to August 2016, the CloudLightning project surveyed over 170 HPC discrete end users worldwide in the academic, commercial and government sectors on their HPC use, perceived drivers and barriers to using cloud computing, and uses of cloud computing for HPC.
Overview of the HPC Market for Genome Sequencing
This market briefing provides an overview of the high-level market for genomics, its drivers and inhibitors. It discusses genomics in the context of the wider high performance computing (HPC) market and the high performance data analytics and cloud computing market specifically. It ends with a discussion of benefits to genome sequencing that CloudLightning anticipates demonstrating using simulations. It draws on publicly available desk research from industry analysis.
3D Image Rendering
Rendering is the process of converting a 3D model in to a 2D image. Rendering can be categorised as real-time rendering or batch rendering. Batch rendering is part of the critical path in a variety of sectors including animation, game design, architecture, industrial design and engineering. It is a compute-intensive process with unpredictable timelines.
Global HPC Market
Estimates of the total HPC market range from US$21bn – US$29.4bn (Intersect360, 2015; IDC, 2015). The HPC market has a number of fundamental assumptions that underlie its economic model, namely:
- problems of increasing complexity will be identified
- society will view solving these problems as critical and will value and protect such solutions; and
- the economics of simulation and modelling will surpass other methods (Intersect360 Research, 2014).