There are interesting articles that say that transporting an application (fully) to the cloud gives it a performance hit of 12x. There are also interesting clouds on silicon (CUDA, LRB, etc...) that give 12x performance boosts to certain types of applications - typically graphic and scientific computing.
Could you get the 12x decrease to be overcome by a 12x increase by formulating an XML processor for the cloud on a chip?
For a question like this you might write a proposal to NVidia or Intel (or whomever) (Sun, Microsoft, ...) to see if they will loan you a "pedestal" system to use for evaluation/research. You might look at OpenOffice (because it is open-source) and see what can be transported to the GPGPU - make sure you get the underlying material, and make it as simple of an application as possible - wordpad? Spreadsheet 1.0. This would be a proof of concept.
You might even be able to use something like VM-Ware instead of actual parts to do all of your development and evaluation - in virtual. You could track actual run times and processor times in a virtual cloud.
Something like this, especially with very concrete results, and enough of a platform to stage or strongly support development might be valuable to someone like Google, or Microsoft, or Yahoo, or Facebook ..
In reality you are paid because money grows on trees - you. They put a dollar in and get more than a dollar out. You didn't get a degree to congratulate yourself, it is only and totally about returning value to your employer. The bigger the multiple of value you return for every dollar they put into you is the measure of your value to them. Only work on things that create worth. Only work on things that make value. If what you are working on does not in the end support value for your employer --- stop doing it, and go have a heart to heart with your boss, or your bosses boss... till you get concrete and actionable ways to maximize your return of value.
If you had to pay someone $1 million - do you paid to someone who gets you nothing, or to someone who pays you $5 million back? You pick the one with the highest return of value.
If you want Google, NVidia, or someone to pay you $1 million every year of your life what do you have to do? You have to demonstrate to them consistently and reproducibly that by doing so they are paying themselves back $5 million per year.
And I answered a question by someone who has only been here one day. It was a good question though - and sometimes a good question deserves a good answer even if the asker does not necessarily merit such.