COSMA is the Distributed Research utilising Advanced Computing (DiRAC) Memory Intensive system, part of the DiRAC national facility that supports research in cosmology, astrophysics, particle physics and nuclear physics.
COSMA's computational power is behind some of the world’s leading cosmology research projects including The Virgo Consortium for Cosmological Supercomputer Simulations.
Among VIRGO’s research is The EAGLE Project simulation in which realistic galaxies - similar to those observed in the Universe – are created to understand how galaxies form and evolve.
COSMA’s recent addition, COSMA7 provides the capabilities to simulate the Universe in much more detail
The EAGLE Project Explained
The EAGLE Project aims to create realistic simulations of galaxies to understand the origin and evolution of the universe. The project is behind the art installations 'Cosmic Architecture', 'Cosmoscope' and 'What Matters' which are part of Lumiere Durham 2017 - more information: www.durham.ac.uk/lumiere