Category Archives: Black Holes

The Pegasus Workflow Manager and the Discovery of Gravitational Waves

We have all heard so much about the wonderful discovery¬†of Gravitational Waves – and with just cause! In today’s post, I want to give a shout-out to the Pegasus Workflow Manager, one of the crucial pieces of software used in … Continue reading

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Illustris: Creating A Virtual Universe

Illustris a bold collaborative project that is producing a cosmological simulation of galaxy formation, using a state of the art numerical code and a comprehensive physical model. It is an outstanding example of how advances in computing power enable groundbreaking … Continue reading

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The Keck Observatory Celebrates 20 Years Of Operation

The W. M. Keck Observatory went into operation twenty years ago, and at the time its twin 10m-telescopes made it the largest observatory in the world. It has been a phenomenally successful observatory, and has made important discoveries in many … Continue reading

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Journey to the Limits of Spacetime: Black Hole Simulations

In a powerful demonstration of the value of computation to modern astronomy, McKinney et al. (2013) used the resources of the Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment (XSEDE) to perform 3D simulations of the behavior of black holes. These simulations … Continue reading

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