The foundation of Nimbis Services, Inc. was motivated by a series of national innovation reports, surveys, and case studies sponsored by the Council on Competitiveness, University of Southern California Information Sciences Institute, industry groups, and government agencies. They highlighted a national productivity opportunity for US manufacturing by addressing the computing barriers related to digital design and analysis of every day products. These products run the spectrum from potato chips, diapers, coffee cans, automotive safety design, drug design, airplane jet engines, and space shuttle shields to national and homeland defense devices and systems. Nimbis Services is uniquely positioned to provide the business to business services to address these barriers for the industrial supply chain community and then expanding into other markets such as bio-science, risk analysis, and financial.
This study benchmarks the U.S. aerospace, automotive, bio-life sciences and energy industries’ use of high performance computing (HPC) to drive innovation for global competitiveness. It is the first study to attempt to do this and to understand how deeply within each industry’s supply chain HPC has been embraced. The most noteworthy finding was that U.S. tier 1 energy firms are outpacing other U.S. industries in integrating HPC into critical business functions. The most unexpected finding was that few suppliers to U.S. tier 1 companies in the surveyed industries use HPC (or even desktop workstations) today.
This first-ever broad industry survey examines why companies have not made the switch from desktop PCs and workstations to more powerful high performance computers, given their proven competitive benefits. Lack of talent, cost issues and a need for application software are difficult hurdles to overcome. Most of the firms revealed they have important problems they can not solve on their desktop systems. The survey implications are sobering: critical U.S. supply chains and the leadership of many U.S. industries may be at risk if more companies do not embrace modeling and simulation with HPC.
This study benchmarks the findings from Reveal against a group of “desktop–only” and entry level HPC users within a focused industrial sector. It confirms that even with customer requirements and/or a competitive threat, desktop-only firms still need assistance in overcoming the cost, talent and software barriers impeding HPC adoption. The important role of partnerships – with university and national laboratory HPC centers and with vendor/service organizations – is reiterated.