Santa Fe Light Cone Simulation research project files
Scope and Contents note
The scientific motivations for the light cone simulation are described in the Project Background. Here we describe how the simulation data was generated. The simulation was the final in a group of simulations, with each one designed to meet certain requirements, such as resolution. Earlier simulations tied to the LUsciD Project were performed on Thunder, a Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory cluster. This calculation for the Santa Fe Light Cone Simulation was a demonstration of the software's ability to perform adaptive refinement throughout the volume, and as a result, was run on the San Diego Supercomputer Center's DataStar system and the National Center for Supercomputing Applications Altix, Cobalt.
The simulation was initialized at high redshift, assuming a standard cosmological model incorporating dark energy and cold dark matter. The physical volume represented was a periodic cube 512 comoving megaparsecs on a side. The simulation was evolved to the present day, using models for gravity and adiabatic gas dynamics. At specific points, snapshots of the simulation were saved, and a representative subset of those are contained in this collection.
These snapshots are organized by time (or, equivalently, redshift) at the top level, and named from RD0009 to RD0036; lower numbers (e.g., RD0009) represent earlier times in the universe's evolution, while higher numbers are later times and ones closer to the present day. Each snapshot has an archive (tar) file of the original data, a checksum of the archive, and text files of the parameters, grid hierarchy, and boundary conditions. The parameter, hierarchy, and boundary files are also in the archive file, but are available separately for convenience in a component named "Parameters."
The contents of each project component labeled RD00## are the same:
* RD00## (parameters, ASCII): All of the simulation parameters are listed in these files as key-value pairs, using a "key = value" format. The input parameter are identical across all parameter files, while variables such as the current time, or redshift, change.
* RD00##.hierarchy (grid metadata, ASCII): A list of the grid data structures, their spatial position, file names, and numerical size.
* RD00##.cpu0XXX (physical data, HDF5): These files hold the physical fields (density, velocity, etc.) for each grid.
* RD00##.boundary (boundary conditions, ASCII): Boundary metadata.
* RD00##.boundary.hdf (boundary conditions, HDF5): Boundary data for necessary fields
- Majority of material found within Bulk, 2005-2007
- 2005-2012, Bulk 2005-2007
- Burns, Jack O. (Person)
683.0 Gigabyte(s) (39 digital objects collectively containing 1,797 digital files of various types.)
- Burns, Jack O.
- Cosmic background radiation
- Cosmology -- Observations
- Galaxies -- Clusters
- Hallman, Eric J.
- Harkness, Robert
- Los Alamos National Laboratory. Theoretical Astrophysics Group T-6..
- Norman, Michael L.
- O'Shea, Brian W. (Brian William)
- Research data
- Research-Data processing
- San Diego Supercomputer Center.
- So, Geoffrey
- University of California, San Diego. Center for Astrophysics and Space Sciences
- University of Colorado (System). Dept. of Astrophysics and Planetary Sciences. Center for Astrophysics and Space Astronomy
- Wagner, Rick
- Register of Santa Fe Light Cone Simulation research project files
- Finding aid prepared by Rick Wagner and Bradley Westbrook
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Finding aid is in English
- UC San Diego Office of the Chancellor.
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