Chirag Dekate, Ph.D.
IDC’s Innovation Excellence Award Program continues to showcase
benefits of investment in high performance computing
Recognizing ROI and Innovative
Application of HPC
IDC initiated the HPC Innovation Excellence Award program in 2011 to recognize innovative achievements using high performance computing (HPC).
While there are multiple benchmarks to
measure the performance of technical com-
puters, there have been few formats avail-
able to evaluate the economic and scientific
value HPC systems contribute. The HPC
Innovation Excellence Award Program is
designed to help close that gap. The award
program provides an important means for
gathering more quantified return on invest-
ment (ROI) and innovation success stories.
Through identifying clear ROI and innovation examples, the award program has
further demonstrated the close link between
HPC and economic/scientific innovation
and competitiveness. Through increased
awareness of the quantified impact of HPC
Precipitation plot from the Twentieth Century Reanalysis Project showing data from 1900
when a ferocious hurricane hit the Galveston, TX, area. One of the first HPC Innovation
Excellence Award Winners, NERSC’s international study enabled a much more detailed and
longer record of past weather to improve climate studies.