I don't know if I'm alone in this, but I kind of miss the days when supercomputers wern't just clusters of off the shelf components. I feel we've lost something.
HPC is being forced to use off-the-shelf components. There is the funding for R&D of application-specific hardware.
How many NASA managers does it take to screw in a lightbulb? "That's a known problem... don't worry about it."