From isgtw: “How to grow a universe – just add a supercomputer” 

August 22, 2012
Andrew Purcell

“Scientists using Harvard’s Odyssey high-performance supercomputer have created the most realistic simulation of cosmic evolution to date. The researchers, from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and the Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies, have developed a new computational approach that can accurately model the birth and evolution of thousands of galaxies over billions of years. Produced using newly created software called Arepo, the simulation is significantly more detailed than previous attempts at modeling the evolution of our universe and could become a vital tool for cosmologists. In creating Arepo, the team basically took all the advantages of previous models and removed the disadvantages, explains Volker Springel, one of the astrophysicists who worked on the simulation.

Odyssey Supercomputer, Dell Poweredge M600

Using the observed afterglow of the big bang as input, Arepo is able to accurately simulate the evolution of portions of our universe to date. ‘We’ve created the full variety of galaxies we see in the local universe,’ says Mark Vogelsberger another member of the team.”

Here is a short video presented by the team.

How cool is that???

See the full article here.

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