IBM Mira challenged with simulation of entire universe

by Gareth Mankoo

Among the most powerful supercomputers in today’s day and age is the IBM Mira. It is touted to be the world’s third fastest computer. To prove its mettle, the computer will be used by a team of cosmologists at the Argonne National Laboratory to run a simulation through the first 13 billion years, post the big bang. The computer will be given the task of tracing over a trillion particles, have them collide and form new galaxies, celestial structures, etc.

The brilliant part of this endeavor is that the computer has a difficult deadline of just one fortnight to complete the simulation. We wish the IBM Mira and the team best of luck in their effort.


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