ROI quantifications are easy to develop, as
the benefits of HPC to the broader socio-economic narrative are easy to quantify.
However, in a vast majority of cases, IDC
works with the award candidates to determine the economic impact of the technologies developed. IDC utilizes research data
that we have gathered over several decades
to develop a comprehensive quantification
of the econometrics involved.
Candidates seeking to participate in the
award program may submit their applica-
tions in one of two ways:
• e-mailing a completed submission form to
• completing the brief award submission
form online at: www.hpcuserforum.com/
Once the award submissions are received,
IDC works with the end-users to ensure
completeness of the submissions. Next, the
HPC User Forum steering committee eval-
uates each submission and assigns an initial
ranking. Domain experts are called upon, as
required, to assess the submissions.
The award winners are announced
around the two major supercomputing
conferences: International Supercomputing
Conference (June) and the Supercomputing
Conference (November), with the most
recent winners being announced on June 24,
2014, at ISC’ 14 in Leipzig.
The deadline for the upcoming round of
submissions for the HPC Innovation Excel-
lence Award is October 1, 2014, and appli-
cants can submit ROI examples from today
or dating back as far as 10 years. IDC’s
HPC team is available to answer questions,
including how to quantify achievements,
and can be contacted at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Now in its fourth year, the HPC
Innovation Excellence Award program
continues to provide an important means
for collecting a large set of quantified ROI
success stories across many industries and
application areas. The growing portfolio of
winners who have achieved clear success in
applying HPC to greatly improve business
ROI, scientific advancement, and/or engineering successes is helping to strengthen
the case for boosting investments in and
funding for HPC. Many of the achievements also directly benefit society.
Chirag Dekate is Research Manager,
HPC at IDC. He may be reached at
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