Twelve months after our previous market survey, it was time to take a fresh look at the high performance computing market and to run a new edition of our High Performance Computing maturity benchmark.

This year, 17 banks have taken part in our study which looks at how mature banks are in their management of high performance computing environments. Based on Excelian's maturity model that encompasses elements on enterprise readiness, resource utilisation, middleware maturity, operating model and SLA/cost model, the study grades each participants when compared to an ideal situation where the HPC environment is fully commoditised and shared at the enterprise level.

This survey is also a good opportunity to look at key trends in the industry and the highlights for this last year are that

  • GPGPU is a technology definitely on the rise, with a higher adoption that last year
  • There is a varied set of data management solutions used to the back of compute grid, data increasingly becoming the new challenges for risk and pricing computations
  • Cloud adoption is slowly getting there, but, when looking at the number of solutions being rolled out, banks are slower adopters than the rest of the market
A breakfast conversation was organised with the participants to the survey to discuss current challenges in the industry. On the road to a higher maturity for HPC, organisational challenges have to be overcome, especially when it comes to agree a unified usage-based cost model for grid environments with resources fully shared between business lines and a consolidated operating model.

The impact of Credit Value Adjustment and the Basel III regulation were also extensively discussed, this topic driving a lot of choices in the technology space across the industry; it is very likely that in twelve to eighteen months time the landscape will be very different to what it currently is.

The full report is available to the banks who have taken part in the survey - if your organisation wishes to participate, please get in touch with us.