Dubbed Illustris, the pocket universe uses over 12 billion resolution points to map the creation of over 41,000 galaxies during its run time. Illustris was created over a period of five years, including three months’ run time for the final code on supercomputers provided by the European Research Council in France and Germany.
The simulation used a total of 8,000 processors running in parallel – trying to do it on a standard PC would take about 2,000 years of processing time to run through the half-petabyte of information created by Illustris.
Waiting for the big ^Alt-Delete?
Meanwhile, back at the nursery,
. . . Conventional thinking suggests that stars closest to the center of a given star cluster should be the oldest and the youngest stars can be found around the edges. However, to their surprise, astronomers have discovered that the opposite is true: ‘Our findings are counterintuitive,’ said Konstantin Getman of Penn State University, lead scientist of this new study. ‘It means we need to think harder and come up with more ideas of how stars like our sun are formed.'”
If the capitalist don’t destroy human life we may eventually get things resolved.