Marcelo Alvarez of the Canadian Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics will be the featured speaker at the Department of Physics and Astronomy colloquium. His talk is titled, "Computational Cosmology in the Era of Big Data: Simulating the Observable Universe."
We are entering an exciting new time in cosmology. New observational campaigns with such facilities as the Large Synoptic Survey Telescope and the Square Kilometer Array will revolutionize the amount of information available to us about the large scale structure of the universe, generating many petabytes of data. Making sense of all this data will require computer simulations accurate over a much larger dynamic range than currently possible. I will describe the current open questions that can be answered with this data and present the new computational approaches we are developing to tackle this problem.
Refreshments start at 3:30 p.m.