Seminar: Andrew Pontzen, "Simulating the universe: conceptual and computational challenges"

Past Event

29 November 2011, 5:00pm - 6:00pm


This seminar is hosted by the Programme on Computational Cosmology and is being held at Fisher Room, Denys Wilkinson Building, Keble Road

Speaker: Andrew Pontzen, James Martin Fellow, Programme on Computational Cosmology (an Oxford Martin School Programme)

Summary: Andrew will outline theoretical and computational challenges which face us as we try to understand the Universe with ever-increasing precision. In the first half of the talk he show how our knowledge of the Universe has been transformed by our ability to run precise numerical experiments, including an overview of his own work in the field. Then, drawing on these examples, he will discuss how increasing processing power is leading to a crisis for communication, storage and organization of information. He will demonstrate brand new software systems designed to address aspects of these problems and consider their strengths and weakness.

The Seminar will be followed by a wine reception