MIT Scientists Have Created A Massive Model Of The Universe
Scientists at M.I.T have succeeded in creating one of the most accurate models of our universe, ever. The model is so large and complex that it would take a single desktop computer around 2,000 years. TWO THOUSAND YEARS!! Covering a span of around 350 million light years, the model has recreated the make-up of over 41,000 individual galaxies of varying forms and help provide a monumental leap in our understanding of the Universe.
Using the processing power of 8,000 CPUs, the model took 3 months to calculate and starts just 12 million years after the big bang. As the model ran, a wide variety of different types of galaxy were created, from spiral galaxies like the Milky Way, to large elliptical galaxies, the variation contained within this computer-generated Universe is simply staggering.
Published in the Journal of Nature, the research will help scientists discover how galaxies and star clusters are formed and, more importantly, learn more about the role that Dark Matter plays in the evolution of our universe.
"Illustris is like a time machine," said co-author Shy Genel. "We can go forward and backward in time. We can pause the simulation and zoom into a single galaxy cluster to see what's really going on."
While the actual modelling of the universe took around 3 months, the project itself has been 5 years in the making, but if you ask me, that's 5 years well spent.