|Seed, 5/08 |
Plura Processing combines Internet technology and grid computing to create a new, secure source of compute power for solving large computational and distributed bandwidth problems.
As of December 2008, Plura has approximately 50,000 nodes in its grid. Due to patent-pending technology, the company can offer this compute power at a price that is approximately 10-12x cheaper than competing solutions, such as Amazon EC2 and traditional HPC providers.
Plura works with a variety of organizations, such as non-profits and websites, to connect thousands of computers to its grid. Plura’s technology allows visitors to a website to become part of the grid through use of lightweight Java applet. This applet runs in a very secure framework thanks to the Java sandbox model. The applet can be integrated with other Java or Flash applications, allowing for dynamic control.
Plura pays the website in exchange for the computer power provided by the website’s visitors. This compensation creates a new, incremental source of revenue that does not compete with ads. The company already has several popular sites as affiliates, such as Desktop Tower Defense and several popular game portals.