Cosmology@Home lets you volunteer your spare computer time (like when your screen saver is on) to help search for the model which best describes our Universe and to find the range of models that agree with available cosmological and particle physics data.
Like ordinary matter, dark matter interacts gravitationally with ordinary matter and radiation. Astronomers study the distribution of dark matter through observing its gravitational effects on ordinary matter in its vicinity and through its gravitational lensing effects on background radiation. The background image shows the bullet cluster, a famous example where the visible matter does not follow the mass distribution.
Combining all the available evidence, dark matter represents about 83% of the matter content of the universe. Read more about dark matter on this web page. Let us know your questions and comments on the message board.
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CEO of Docker highlights Cosmology@Home
I just attended Dockercon Europe 2015, a huge tech conference for Docker, which is the software that powers the new camb_boinc2docker jobs. I also gave a talk about Cosmology@Home (which I will post a video of as soon as its available). But little did I know as I was listening to the keynote presentation along with a few thousand other attendees that Docker CEO Ben Golub would pick our project to showcase the types of things you can build with Docker. Needless to say I was floored and hugely honored! It was really cool, and thanks again to you guys for volunteering your resources to make Cosmology@Home possible!
Here's video of what he says (link should point to 23:12 right where he starts talking about it). I think he really nicely summed up what is exciting about C@H, and his description of the science we do was impressively spot on!
-Marius 18 Nov 2015, 23:12:34 UTC · Comment
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