Gena Mal over on the HASH Slack asks:
Hey guys, it’s good to have Hash popping up in the simulation industry as a new tool since the area has traditionally been developing quite slowly. From my observations, the other tools on the market are moving towards simplification of model-building for industry specialists (towards no-code or almost no-code), because pure programmers are often not the best simulation developers. And some of the established players in the industry like Anylogic, Simio, Flexsim, Simul8 put a lot of effort into creating prebuilt functionality for industry-specific projects, like manufacturing, warehousing, etc. To replicate these industrial strength tools’ features would take years. What do you think are the traits that will make Hash stand out?
Hey Gena, thanks for popping in! We’re of a shared opinion that domain experts are the best builders of simulation models, and that barriers to simulation should be lower. That’s why we’ve built hIndex as an open community of simulations and their component parts.
On Monday 29th March (8 days from now) we’ll be publicly launching our HASH API (currently in private beta) which allows for the creation of custom user-interfaces atop HASH. We’re working with a number of external users already to craft industry/problem-space specific interfaces for building simulations. If there’s a particular area you’re interested in, we’d love to learn more. Please feel free to DM me.
Re: “industrial-strength” tooling, HASH was borne of a recognition that existing tools, simply put, were not in fact industrial-strength. We wanted to support the ingest of streaming data, the scaling to millions of agents, the distributed compute of simulations, and the ability to programmatically access results — all within a universally schema-mapped, normalized data environment. That’s not something any other tool offers today, and it was the original reason we began creating HASH.