Black Hole Modeling in Research Data Center

April 15, 2019
model of a black hole

What the Messier 87 black hole would look like? UA Department of Astronomy researchers Dimitrios Psaltis, Feryal Ozel, Chi-kwan Chan, and Lia Medeiros used the El Gato system in the Computer Center's Research Data Center to model it before processing of the Event Horizon Telescope data was completed. 

From the UA News article:

[T]he team generated high-fidelity models of EHT observations by harnessing the power of a supercomputer consisting of 140 Nvidia graphics-processing units, or GPUs, commonly used for graphics-heavy video-gaming applications.

Read more about their incredible breakthrough in black hole observation.

UA News: Chasing Einstein's Shadow: UA Helps Capture First Image of a Black Hole

Department of Astronomy: First Results from the Event Horizon Telescope

computer simulations of the black hole

Images on the top line are three different numerical models. The bottom line shows those simulations processed as if they were EHT observations.(Department of Astronomy)