The Astrophysics group owns a 128 core Intel Xeon (2.13 GHz) cluster, "Kepler", which is dedicated to our Astrophysics research. Some of our projects using Kepler are presented below. We also have accesses to UCL Legion, and supercomputers at US NRL and National Astronomical Observatory of Japan. We are also a member of the COSMOS consortium, and awarded the total 7 Million CPU hours on STFC DiRAC-II facilities from 2013 to 2016. In addition, Stefano Pasetto and Daisuke Kawata are awarded the PRACE Tier-1 supercomputer time in their DECI-10 call. We also use Kepler to analyse the large-scale simulations carried out on these supercomputers. The main research topics and development are shown below.
- Chemodynamical model of the Milky Way disk
- Original N-body/Smoothed Particle Hydrodynamics (SPH) chemodynamics code, GCD+
- PRIMAL: A PaRtIcle-by-particle M2M ALgorithm
- Original Particle-based MHD code, GCMHD+
- Origin of Spiral Arm and their Effects on Stellar Motions (NAM2011 Press Release)