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Announcing project agora: Ambitious comparison of computer simulations of galaxy evolution

December 10, 2013

general structure/procedures of the AGORA project A long-standing difficulty with supercomputer simulations of the evolution of galaxies has been getting consistent results among different codes (programs) and with actual observations, so simulated galaxies look like real galaxies. But reproducibility is one of the most elementary principles in scientific methods. An ambitious new multiyear project, called AGORA, to understand and resolve such inconsistencies is described in a flagship paper by Ji-hoon Kim and 45 co-authors. Full Story

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