In the 21st century, access to computing resources is vital for businesses and governments to remain competitive. High-Performance Computing (HPC) can supercharge science, engineering, and business. Advanced modeling technology can map out flooding, predict macroeconomic changes, and solve legal problems. Blockchains can underpin finance, cybersecurity, and more. To experience economic growth and development in the modern age, businesses and governments alike need to take full advantage of these technological advancements.
One of the benefits of decentralized Blockchain technology is that it does not need to rely on intermediaries and existing infrastructure for innovation. Immense opportunities exist for lower-middle income countries (LMICs) to advance their economic well-being through better technology. Applications like Galileo create ways to overcome existing hurdles in LMICs to computing access in getting new products to market or carrying out an advanced discovery to improve the quality of life of primarily rural, low-income nations.
Barriers to computing access
Two of the most significant barriers to access for LMICs are capital and talent. It can be prohibitively expensive for LMICs to set up computing resources. Especially for small enterprises, local governments, and small NGOs, acquiring the hardware necessary for computing operations is often too costly to justify. Even in India, where the tech industry is globally competitive, most consumer technology costs substantially more than in the United States.
Many LMICs face difficulties with more experienced talent departing to developed nations for higher-paying jobs. This “brain drain” effect causes LMICs to lack the necessary personnel to expand their tech sectors.
Accessible Computing Marketplace
Galileo, developed by Hypernet Labs, is a low-code marketplace for advanced computing technology. Through a simple web interface, users of Galileo can access a growing number of software and hardware resources, all through the cloud.
Galileo has several key advantages that can help LMICs better access computing resources. The easy-to-use interface requires less technical skill to use than competitive services now on offer by Big Tech. Users can drag & drop options, swapping out computing tools like LEGOs. Currently, users of Galileo can access environmentally friendly high-performance computing hardware, scientific simulation software, academic research tools, social science modeling, and more. All of these are accessible at the click of a button. For LMICs, the ease of use decreases training and hiring costs for specialized talent to run computing operations.
Galileo’s modularity & scalability also position it to serve LMICs uniquely. Users can build, plan, and execute simultaneous computing operations of varying size and complexity at the drop of a hat. While running these operations, users can turn on only those services they need, turn the services off when they’re done, and pay only for what is used. This can save both set-up time and money, preventing the need to purchase and deploy specialized computing hardware or to pay for ongoing software licenses.
Perhaps the most significant advantage Galileo brings to LMICs is the collaborative nature of the platform. Through Galileo, computing resources and projects can all be accessed from the same web interface. What this means is that anyone across the globe can collaborate on projects through Galileo. Team members across LMICs and advanced economies can partner together, learn from each other, and identify key opportunities.
By using Galileo, LMICs can overcome many of the challenges inherent with advanced computing tech. Galileo marks a shift in the current computing landscape toward truly accessible, collaborative, scalable tech.