Kengo Tomida

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Science, Tohoku University*Profile is at the time of the award.

2024Inamori Research GrantsScience & Engineering

Research topics
Development of the Athena++ massively-parallel radiation magnetohydrodynamic code
In astronomy, computational simulations play a crucial role because experiments are basically impossible. In order to simulate complex astrophysical phenomena, we need a high-performance simulation code which supports various physical processes such as hydrodynamics, gravity, magnetic fields, chemical reactions, and radiation. In particular, radiation transfer is a fundamental process common to all astrophysical phenomena, but it is difficult to simulate it in star and planet formation processes because the speed of light is very fast. This project aims to address this challenge by developing a high-performance radiation magnetohydrodynamic simulation code.


It is often said that "computer simulations are telescopes for theoretical astrophysics." For good simulations, high-performance supercomputers are obviously necessary, but we need both good hardware and software. In this project, we will develop a high-performance "telescope" that anyone can use and contribute to research not only in astronomy but also in other fields.

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