Numerical simulations of spacetime and the role of HPC

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Dr Katy Clough

Our Liverpool Virtual Seminar Series on Data Intensive Science will continue on Tuesday 9th April at 15:30 BST. The seminar will be given by Dr Katy Clough, STFC Ernest Rutherford Research Fellow at Queen Mary University of London who will present “Numerical simulations of spacetime and the role of HPC”

Seminars in this series cover R&D outside of the data intensive science CDT’s core research areas and give an insight into cutting edge research in this area. At the end of the talk there will be a Q&A session with the speaker.

About the talk

The best theory of gravity that we have, Einstein’s theory of General Relativity, can only be solved analytically in simple cases. High performance computing has therefore played an important role in predicting signals from extreme gravity regimes such as the mergers of black holes and potential signals from the Big Bang. In this talk I will discuss both the advantages and the limitations of using HPC to solve such systems, and the outlook going forward for exoscale and beyond.

About the speaker

Dr Katy Clough is a lecturer and Ernest Rutherford Fellow in the School of Mathematical Sciences at Queen Mary University of London. She studies systems with strong dynamical gravity using numerical simulations, including black holes and the early universe. She is part of the fundamental physics working group for the future space based gravitational wave detector, LISA, and deputy chair of the DiRAC panel for allocating high performance computing time in the UK. Katy’s first degree was in Engineering and her degree in Physics was obtained from the Open University whilst working as a chartered accountant. After her PhD at King’s College London she worked in Goettingen in Germany and in Oxford University in postdoctoral positions.

How to attend

Participation is free, but you need to register to attend this and other webinars in the series. For more information and how to register please follow this link. Once registered, you will receive the Zoom connection details on the morning of the online seminar.

The seminar details

Speaker: Dr Katy Clough, (QMUL)

Seminar title: “Numerical simulations of spacetime and the role of HPC”

Date/Time: Tuesday 9th April at 15:30 BST