Some of the readership of this blog are people who work in the humanities — literature, criticism, art, museology — and some work in technology. Some work at the intersection of both, like me. So I figure this is a great place to pose a question that hit me like a hammer today.
Are there problems in the humanities that can only be solved by a supercomputer or some sort of distributed massive computing platform?
Anything that requires heavy doses of processor-crunching? Large corpus text analysis or image analysis? Help me here.
Protein folding, deep space radio astronomy, thermonuclear explosion modelling, meteorological forecasting and brute-force decryption cannot possibly be the only uses for supercomputing.
Do tell, do tell!