Frequently Asked Questions: Hyperion Research
Hyperion Research is the new name for the former IDC high performance computing (HPC) analyst team. As Hyperion Research, the team continues all the worldwide activities that have made it the world’s most respected HPC industry analyst group for more than 25 years, including HPC and HPDA market sizing and tracking, subscription services, custom studies and papers, and operating the HPC User Forum. It’s business as usual under the new name.
Yes. Hyperion Research includes the same people who were on the IDC HPC team, plus two talented people hired since Hyperion started. With their Hyperion titles, they are:
- Earl Joseph, CEO
- Steve Conway, SVP-Research
- Bob Sorensen, VP-Research & Technology
- Alex Norton, Analyst
- Michael Thorp, VP-Global Sales
- Kurt Gantrish, Government Sales
As a condition for the recent sale of IDC and parent IDG to China’s Oceanwide, IDC agreed with the U.S. Government to divest the HPC team because of its strategic value to the Government.IDC agreed to fully support the team under the interim Hyperion Research name until a suitable new U.S. corporate home is found. Today, the Hyperion Research team is comfortably operating inside of IDC, conducting business as usual, but completely separated from the rest of IDC while the search for a new U.S. home proceeds.
With 100+ years of combined HPC experience, the team is the primary source of trusted market data on HPC and HPDA (high performance data analysis) for governments, industry and academia worldwide. The business includes both consulting engagements and subscription services — the same ones the team provided as the IDC HPC team.The Hyperion team typically handles 5-6 government and private industry consulting engagements at a time. Governments have relied on the team’s consulting recommendations to make decisions as large as $12 billion. Hyperion private studies in the past year have covered topics including the status of machine learning and deep learning, preferences for processors and accelerators, cloud computing practices, HPC open software ecosystems, storage plans, and more.
Subscription information services include Technical Computing, the HPC User Forum, High Performance Data Analysis, and the HPC QView — a quarterly pivot table with deep data on worldwide sales of HPC server systems, processors/accelerators, and soon, storage.
The team also conducts a worldwide study of HPC end users — detailing their current vendors and resources, budget directions and purchasing plans. The 2017 version of this study, due out in the June-July time frame, will be published in six reports that can be purchased separately or as a discounted set:
- Servers and Processors/Accelerators
- Storage and Interconnects
- Applications Software
- System Software/Middleware (the Stack)
- High Performance Data Analysis (Big Data-HPC convergene) HPC Cloud Use
That process has been under way and has attracted serious bidders. We expect it to be completed in the next few months. The Hyperion team is closely involved in the process and will have a strong say in choosing its new home.