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Grant NSF ITR 0205611 (Cosmology)

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The proposed research is aimed at making significant advances in both computational cosmology and parallel computing. New parallel computing techniques developed as a part of this research, including automatic load balancing and communication optimizations, will be released in the form of a software framework for general-purpose parallel computing. These will be used to develop a computational framework (called N-Chilada) for simulation of particles in general. Several computational cosmology algorithms will be implemented in the particle framework. Such a particle framework will be useful in applications beyond computational cosmology. Using the framework and its algorithms, specific scientific studies will be performed to constrain theories of cosmology by simulating large scale structure, understand the sub-structure of galaxy clusters, understand galaxy formation within a cosmological context, and understand the complex interactions between dust, gas and planetesimals during the process of planet formation.

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