Computational Galaxy Formation

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The computational & theoretical galaxy formation group at LJMU works on many aspects of galaxy formation and evolution, using state-of-the-art N-body and cosmological hydrodynamical simulations carried out on our own HPC cluster as well as on national and international supercomputing facilities, such as DiRAC and PRACE. Three of our members are associates of the Virgo Consortium for Cosmological Supercomputer Simulations.

Our simulations are used extensively by a number of observational collaborations and we work closely with observers to interpret a wide variety of observational data and test the realism of our models.


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Research Staff

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Research interests
 

Rob Crain R.A.Crain galaxies (ADS)
Andreea Font A.S.Font galaxies, Milky Way (ADS)
Ian McCarthy I.G.McCarthy large-scale structure (ADS)
   

Postdoctoral fellows (add ljmu.ac.uk to emails)
Juliana Kwan J.Kwan large-scale structure
Jaime Salcido J.SalcidoNegrete galaxies, large-scale structure
   

Graduate students (add ljmu.ac.uk to emails)
Alberto Acuto A.Acuto@2017. large-scale structure
Shaun Brown S.T.Brown@2018. galaxies, large-scale structure
Jonathan Davies J.J.Davies@2016. galaxies
Alex Hill A.D.Hill@2017. galaxies
Egidijus Kukstas E.Kukstas@2016. galaxies, large-scale structure
Simon Pfeifer S.Pfeifer@2012. large-scale structure
Robert Poole-McKenzie R.PooleMckenzie@2013. galaxies, Milky Way
Sam Stafford S.Stafford@2014. large-scale structure
Adrien Thob A.Thob@2015. galaxies

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PhD Positions

We offer PhD projects in all our research areas. We encourage potential applicants to contact individual staff members about projects.

 
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We have constructed our own cluster using five Dell PowerEdge r815 servers with 320 AMD opteron 2.5 GHz cores and 2.5 TB of RAM (combined), running Scientific Linux 6.4 and with Intel c and fortran compilers. There is a 10 Gbps ethernet connection between the servers.

We use the cluster for analysing large volume simulations carried out on national HPC facilities and for running and analysing 'zoomed' simulations of disc galaxies, run primarily with the massively parallel cosmological simulation code Gadget-3.

 
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We have high-capacity storage servers, in the form of a Dell PowerVault M1200 with 48TB of direct-attached storage and two Teravault RS5600s and two Teravault RS6600 servers with 360TB (combined) of network-attached storage. The servers are linked to our compute cluster via a 10 Gbps ethernet connection.

Our servers store the outputs (snapshots) and processed data products (movies, maps, catalogs, etc.) of our simulations, which can contain several billion resolution elements (particles) each.