Using XSEDE to understand how dark matter influences galaxy formation

Understanding how dark matter—the most common form of mass in the universe—influences the evolution of galaxies requires supercomputers.

Mike Boylan-Kolchin, assistant professor of astronomy at the University of Texas at Austin, uses XSEDE's Stampede supercomputer located at The Texas Advanced Computing Center. He says he works with collaborators across the country who overwhelmingly choose to carry their research out on XSEDE resources like Stampede.
"Most of my collaborators use XSEDE resources. They can all access the same data in the same central repository with the same tools," Boylan-Kolchin said. "So everybody knows exactly what they're getting and can get it whenever is necessary."