Illinois PHYS 466, Lecture 1: Introduction

By David M. Ceperley

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

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Introduction to Simulation


  • Why do simulations?
  • Moore's law
  • Two Simulation Modes
  • Dirac, 1929
  • Challenges of Simulation: Physical and mathematical underpinnings
  • Complexity
  • Estimation of Computer Time and Size
  • Challenges of Simulation: Multi-scale computational materials research
  • Short history of Molecular Simulations
  • Next Lecture highlights
  • Homework 1


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