Sun Microsystems has announced the creation of an expanded High Performance and Technical Computing (HPTC) business unit.
The division aims to develop HPTC products across all the Unix giant's divisions, including software, services, sales, storage and computer systems products.
Sun claimed that it is seeing growth in the high-end HPTC market, and pointed to the latest Top 500 supercomputers list in which it has 88 customer entries.
This represents a two-fold increase over last year's ratings, pushing the company from fourth to third position.
Shahin Khan, vice president of the HPTC unit, explained that his brief will be to integrate product development plans and spearhead strategy initiatives.
"In many cases, the HPTC market has been a leading indicator for future business computing requirements," he said.
"64-bit systems, parallel computing, hierarchical storage management, data visualisation, grid computing, and even the web itself are examples of technologies that started in the HPTC space and went on to become standard parts of computing.
"Sun's current heavy investments in research and development will continue to be a driving force in this sector."
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