LATEST RESEARCH HIGHLIGHT
Our research often involves computationally demanding tasks, which many times can only be carried out by performing computations in parallel. This either involves many cores and CPUs on a single computer or networks of independent computers working together in a cluster. Graphics Processing Units (GPUs) turn out to be of particular interest to science applications since they are able to offer thousand of computing cores on a single chip for specific types of operations (the interested reader can read more about it here).
We are delighted to announce that our latest research is now funded by NVIDIA through a donation of two state-of-the-art GeForce Titan Xp GPUs through NVIDIA's academic GPU grant program. In the coming year we will use the roughly 20 TFLOPS of computing power in those GPUs to speed up algorithms that a) map dark matter in the Universe, b) learn how galaxies look like and reproduce them and c) learn how different dark matter models change the shape of structure in the Universe. Many of these algorithms evoke deep learning techniques.
Image credit: NVIDIA Corporation
I am a Marie Curie Fellow at INAF - Osservatorio Astronomico di Bologna. I am a Cosmologist and interested in the composition and evolution of the Universe as a whole. My main research aim is to understand the elusive dark matter via the study of cosmic structure formation.
My teaching activities build around my assignment as stipendiary lecturer at University College Oxford where I teach Relativity and Optics to first and third year Physics students. Oxford is a special place to study with its collegiate structure and the personal tutorial experience at the colleges. It is this unique combination that makes Oxford so successful.
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