Scientists at the University of Durham in the U.K. are creating a universe inside a supercomputer.
The EAGLE project—which stands for the “Evolution and Assembly of GaLaxies and their Environment”—uses 4,400 interconnected computers to simulate individual sections of the universe dating back to the Big Bang. The team achieved this by integrating all the initial conditions and forces in the universe into the process. They’ve even included the existence of dark matter, which has long eluded scientists of a full understanding.
The simulation has performed so much like our real universe that the results of their experiments mirror other experiments by astronomers using state-of-the-art telescopes.