Software Studies Initiative receives NEH Humanities High Performance Computing awards

We have received NEH Humanities High Performance Computing (HHPC) grant.

This is the short description of HHPC from NEH site:

"Humanities High-Performance Computing (HHPC) refers to the use of high-performance machines for humanities and social science projects. Currently, only a small number of humanities scholars are taking advantage of high-performance computing. But just as the sciences have, over time, begun to tap the enormous potential of HPC, the humanities are beginning to as well. Humanities scholars often deal with large sets of unstructured data. This might take the form of historical newspapers, books, election data, archaeological fragments, audio or video contents, or a host of others. HHPC offers the humanist opportunities to sort through, mine, and better understand and visualize this data."

The grant provide computer time on Department of Energy supercomputers at the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, as well as training and support.

This award will allow us to take our Cultural Analytics projects to the next level. We plan to analyze and visualize patterns in large visual data sets: thousands of feature films and animations, machinema, video recordings of gameplay, art images, graphic design, etc.