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Researchers at the Korea Institute for Advanced Study in Seoul used the Tachyon II supercomputer for the task, which has 157,392GB of disk space and over 26,232 processing cores - and it still needed 20 days to complete the task, the Daily Mail reported.
In the end the computer analysed an area around two thirds the size of the observable universe, made up of around 374 billion particles.
Researchers said the purpose of the study - called Horizon Run 3 - was to see if their virtual universe ended up with the same properties as the one we see around us, including galactic clusters and super-clusters, the Daily Mail reported.
By studying this virtual version, astronomers are better able to predict how the universe will change over time.
They are also able to study in detail structures that are too old and distant to see with telescopes and matter that only exists in theory.
Researchers said the purpose of the study - called Horizon Run 3 - was to see if their virtual universe ended up with the same properties as the one we see around us, including galactic clusters and super-clusters, the Daily Mail reported
I'm not sure why you didn't just post the link, but here it is:
Originally posted by decussation
If you go to arxiv.org and use their search function for Horizon Run 3, It will show you the full text link for the journal article. It is well worth checking out on the basis that it is an archive of a wealth of published journal articles in many different fields of study. If you already have knowledge of the archive, please forgive.
This gets a little complicated. We can't see 2/3 of the universe as it is today, but we sort of can see it at various points in the past, when it was smaller. This has to do with light traveling at the speed of light and acting like a time machine of sorts...the universe wasn't that big 14 billion years ago.
Originally posted by jrmcleod
I'm just curious of 2 things that seemed flawed here...
1. 2/3 of the observable universe? You mean 2/3 of an ever expanding universe...so it isn't really 2/3's at all...
You aren't familiar with modeling apparently, but it's possible to use models which assume far fewer particles than are in real life situations and still get highly accurate results. Here is a dramatic demonstration of such a model being tested in real life:
2. Made up of 374 Billion particles. I'm confused by this statement, is this in reference to the amount of particles used in the simulation to estimate or base their calculations on 2/3 of the observable universe? If so they are WELL off the mark because there are 133,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 atoms on earth alone (that's 133 billion billion billion billion billion) so how can this experiment be scientific when the parameters aren't even similar to the universe?
They are actually saving more analysis for future papers on the topic, but they did say this much in their current paper:
Originally posted by isyeye
Interesting post, but if they have run this already you would think there would be a little bit of information about how closely the properties of the simulation are to our actual universe. It would be nice to see a little data instead of them just saying they did it.
They they talk about what's coming up in upcoming papers. One apparently will look at the "great wall" and how well their simulation predicts a formation such as that. It should be an interesting paper since there's been some debate about that.
we have measured power spectra, correlation
functions, mass functions and basic halo properties
with percent level accuracy, and verified that they correctly
reproduce the "Lambda"-CDM theoretical expectations,
in excellent agreement with linear perturbation theory.
For example, by computing the halo multiplicity
functions we proved that our large-volume simulations
are able to resolve correctly about six decades in mass.
Much more scientific analyses can be carried out with
these simulations, and in the upcoming papers....