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Virtual Universe



We propose to construct a Virtual Universe (VirtU) consisting of the “Theoretical Virtual Observatory” (TVO) and associated diagnostic tools making up the Theory/Observations Interface” (TOI). VirtU is a computing infrastructure to enable direct and rigorous comparisons of realistic simulations of cosmic structures, based on the best current theoretical understanding, with real data. VirtU will provide a set of tools to: (i) Remotely access and manipulate a large, dynamic archive of simulated objects (galaxies, clusters, etc) using AstroGrid standards and procedures; (ii) Intercompare simulations carried out using different techniques; (iii) Intercompare simulated data held in the TVO with real data held in the Virtual Observatory; (iv) Enable parallel simulations to be executed remotely using grid technology; (v) Visualize multi-dimensional simulation output (including particle-based data) and observational data. To achieve these goals, we propose to: (i) Develop a standard data format for storing simulation output;(ii) Develop and grid-enable a set of powerful tools for the analysis of simulated and real datasets(iii) Create a Virtual Telescope Simulator to aid in the planning of astronomical observations and the development of astronomical instruments; (iv) Adapt and expand existing visualization tools to the specific requirements of VirtU

Maturity: Initial Research
Region: UK
Type: Pilot
Grant Value: £150,000.00
Start Date: 01/04/2005
End Date: 31/03/2008
Project Status: completed
Funding Agency: PPARC

Project Members
Prof C Frenk

Collaborating Organisations
EPCC (University of Edinburgh)
University College London
University of Cambridge
University of Durham
University of Leicester
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Zurich

Component(s) Project Develops
This project is not associated with any components at present.

Application Area(s) associated with Project
Particle Physics & Astronomy


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