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Best paper award for doctoral student Matthew Holly and Prof. Carl Tropper

Computer simulations have become key in understanding many natural systems in physics (computational physics), astrophysics, chemistry and biology, human systems in economics, psychology, social science, and engineering. In some cases, simulating the behavior is the only possible option. As our computational models of these systems grow larger and more complex, the demand on computational resources is increasing dramatically. Harnessing the power of parallel computing is the only way to make significant performance improvements. Unfortunately, many existing commonly used strategies such as n-body simulations cannot be adopted easily to efficient parallelization.

Doctoral student Matthew Holly together with his thesis advisor Prof. Carl Tropper now made a significant contribution towards solving this problem. "The problem just drove both of us crazy, mostly him I guess." says Prof. Carl Tropper about his collaboration with Matthew. He then elaborates further: "Matthew's work can change the way cosmologists do n-body simulations. It is far faster then the traditional numerical methods and is the most accurate approach available to them." Recently in June 2011, their paper "Parallel Discrete Event Simulation of the n-Body Problem" was awarded the best paper at the 25th Workshop on the Principles of Advanced and Distributed Simulation (PADS 2011).

Congratulations to Matthew and Carl!