Sunday, June 05, 2005

Evolution of the Universe

Dark Matter Distribution
Using the IBM Supercomputer at the Max Planck Society in Garching and the Sun "Cosmology Machine" at the Institute for Computational Cosmology of Durham University, the Virgo Consortium of scientists have completed the largest simulation ever, of the universe. Known as the "Millennium Simulation," the model of the universe follows the growth of the structure of the universe. The simulation used 10 billion particles of matter confined to a cubic region of 2 billion light-years, took about a month to run and applied modelling techniques to 25 terabytes of output data. From this, the scientists were able to follow the evolutionary histories of some 20 million galaxies.

For images and movies from the simulation, follow this link: images and movies. For the press release from the Max Planck Society, follow this link: press release. For related publications on this topic, follow these links:
  • Simulation of Large-Scale Structure in the New Millennium [PDF]
  • The Virgo Consortium: The Evolution and Formation of Galaxy Clusters [PDF]
  • The Simulation of Galaxy Formation and Clustering [PDF]

  • The results of the work has been published in the June issue of the journal Nature.


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