28. October 2014

The Illustris project is a large cosmological hydrodynamics simulation of galaxy formation, completed in late 2013, using a state of the art moving-mesh code and a comprehensive physical model. Building on several years of effort by members of the collaboration (based mostly at HITS and the Harvard Center for Astrophysics), the Illustris simulation represents an unprecedented combination of high resolution, simulated volume, and physical fidelity. For the first time, the simulation succeeds in roughly reproducing the observed morphological mix of galaxies and its dependence on stellar mass. The main simulation was carried out on the supercomputers CURIE in France and SuperMUC in Germany.

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we present the scientific motivation behind the project, a list of the collaboration members, key results and references, movies and images created from the simulation data, information on upcoming public data access, and tools for interactive data exploration.

About HITS

The Heidelberg Institute for Theoretical Studies (HITS) was established in 2010 by the physicist and SAP co-founder Klaus Tschira (1940-2015) and the Klaus Tschira Foundation as a private, non-profit research institute. HITS conducts basic research in the natural sciences, mathematics and computer science, with a focus on the processing, structuring, and analyzing of large amounts of complex data and the development of computational methods and software. The research fields range from molecular biology to astrophysics. The shareholders of HITS are the HITS-Stiftung, which is a subsidiary of the Klaus Tschira Foundation, Heidelberg University and the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT). HITS also cooperates with other universities and research institutes and with industrial partners. The base funding of HITS is provided by the HITS Stiftung with funds received from the Klaus Tschira Foundation. The primary external funding agencies are the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF), the German Research Foundation (DFG), and the European Union.

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