OSC and Nimbis Services unveiled an e-commerce service that allows companies to easily purchase OSC's Blue Collar Computing computational and expertise resources via Nimbis' web portal packages.
Nimbis will direct e-commerce packages to underserved markets in high performance computing utilization, identified as the "HPC Gap" where industry users cannot access available modeling and simulation resources to meet their needs. A January 2009 study by the Council on Competiveness (CoC), a nonpartisan think tank promoting U.S. economic competitiveness, indicated that many U.S. manufacturing companies are "stuck at the desktop" and not able to take full advantage of computational resources, while others have limited computational R&D capacity. Nimbis will demonstrate its web services at SC09, with a full release planned for the first quarter of 2010.
Industries participating in the OSC’s Blue Collar Computing program gain access to its advanced computing technologies in order to reduce the time and expense involved in determining proof of concept and designing new products, as well as to improve production efficiency. The program also uses custom-designed portals to give businesses secure, easy access to processing power and mass storage systems.