IBM supercomputer simulates the development of the universe

    The computing power of modern supercomputers is becoming more powerful. For example, now scientists from the Argonne National Laboratory are preparing for the largest computer simulation ever made by people - modeling the Universe using the supercomputer IBM BlueGene / Q Mira.

    Recently, cosmologists and astrophysicists reported that they are preparing for the construction of a mathematical model of the Universe as a whole and its development, starting from the moment of the Big Bang and ending with our time (the model will cover about 12 billion years).

    Modeling requires tremendous calculations and operations, therefore, the execution of a similar task (impossible for ordinary computers) was transferred to the Mira supercomputer, which occupies the 3rd position in the ranking of the Top 500 most powerful supercomputers in the world. The supercomputer has 768 thousand cores, which provide processing power of approximately 8 petaflops. Scientists are sure that a supercomputer is able to cope with the calculations of a model of the universe. They also specify that the simulation will be done within two weeks, but for this he will need a lot of time.

    What is the simulation?

    According to forecasts, during the simulation process, the movement of many trillions of particles in the Universe, their collisions with each other and the transfer of energy from each other will be calculated. At a larger level, it will look like the creation or destruction of space objects, starting from the smallest particles of cosmic dust and ending with clusters of supermassive galaxies.

    Upon completion of all calculations, an analysis of the obtained data will be carried out, which will show the truth or falsity of many current astrophysical theories and assumptions.

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