The overall server market may be suffering, but makers of high-end supercomputers continue to find specialized niches such as biotechnology or government research where customers still are buying equipment.
Among those scrapping for attention in the market this week are Dell Computer, Microsoft, Intel, IBM, Linux NetworX and SGI. Supercomputers, which often sell for millions of dollars, are a ray of hope for companies such as these that have been hurt by the shrinking server market.
IBM, which has one of the most aggressive supercomputer programs, announced preconfigured servers, storage systems, services and software geared particularly for biotechnology buyers, organizations focused on tasks such as developing new drugs based on human genetic information. The IBM system includes its Unix servers, DB2 database software, mid-range storage systems, management software and services.