Studying the origin of the universe with supercomputers

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The green meadows, the paths surrounded by trees, the feeling of entering a dimension separate from the world. In’Durham UniversityLead, in northern England, near Newcastle Advanced research on the origin of the universe Using supercomputers. exclusively a sort of intellectual speculation without immediate industrial implications.”But the kind of research is able to sow the seeds for the future” explains Azadeh Fattahi, associate professor of computational cosmology, as she follows us on our way to the institute.

The entrance to Durham University’s Faculty of Physics (Photo: Antonio Piemonti)

Photo: Antonio Piemonti

The university’s brown brick buildings hide a secret: behind heavy metal doors blocked by complex passcodes, the low, steady sound of cooling fans and ICs emanating from Cosma Supercomputer, The name stands for the Cosmology Machine, and since 2001 it has been trying to trace the history of the universe from its origins – the Big Bang from which it all began but which remains a mystery.

“How is it possible that from the initial homogeneity we have come to such a complex world?” This is one of the questions, perhaps the main one, which Durham’s models try to answer. And this requires numerical simulation. ,First Computer Efforts Directed to Silo Dark Matter“Fattahi says wired, ,Full hydrodynamic simulations are possible today, including all the physics related to galaxy formation, star formation processes, supernova explosions, black hole activity and beyond.“. The models are called flamingos, and as the doctor explains, using the names of birds is kind of a tradition.

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