… than you can today, what compelling new things would this enable you to do? And yes, I mean 50 to 100 times faster, not 50 to 100 percent faster! I’m looking for challenging geospatial analytical problems that would deliver a high business value if you could do this, involving many gigabytes or terabytes of data. If you have a complex analysis that takes a week to run, but you only need to run it once a year for regulatory purposes, there is no compelling business value to being able to run it in an hour or two. But if you are a retail chain and you need to run some complex analysis to decide whether you want to buy an available site for a new store within the next three days, it makes a huge difference whether you can just run one analysis which takes two days, or dozens of analyses which take 30 minutes each, allowing you to try a range of assumptions and different models. Or if you’re a utility or emergency response agency running models to decide where to deploy resources as a hurricane is approaching your territory, being able to run analyses in minutes rather than hours could make a huge difference to being able to adjust your plans to changing conditions. There may be highly valuable analyses that you don’t even consider running today as they would take months to run, but which would have very high value if you could run them in a day.
If you have problems in this category I would be really interested to hear about them, either in the comments here, or feel free to email me if you prefer.
Update: I wanted to say that this is not just a hypothetical question, but I can't talk about any details yet. See the comments for more discussion.