Lorentz Center - Computational Cosmology from 14 Dec 2015 through 18 Dec 2015
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    Computational Cosmology
    from 14 Dec 2015 through 18 Dec 2015


Computational Cosmology


Computational cosmology is already a central part of modern, astronomical research, but continues to increase in importance. A small number of simple physical laws can give rise to an amazingly rich phenomenology, as numerous observations demonstrate so beautifully. The continuing increase in the speed and memory of computers and improvements in algorithms allow us to perform ever more detailed simulations of complex astronomical phenomena, which can then be used to create "virtual observations". Such simulations are invaluable for testing theoretical models, for constraining the physical parameters of such models, and for gaining insight into the relative importance of different physical processes. Numerical simulations are also widely used for the design of observational campaigns, for testing data analysis software, and for revealing observational biases.


This workshop will bring together people from the Virgo Consortium for cosmological supercomputer simulations, as well as interested outsiders who would like to get involved. The aim is to provide the participants with an opportunity to discuss recent results and challenges, to join existing collaborations, and to develop ideas for future collaborative projects. The first and final days of the meeting will be devoted to small team meetings while days two to four will consist of plenary talks, discussions, as well as hands-on sessions in which participants can work together in small groups.