Astronomy & Physics
Applications in Physical Sciences
Thomas Quinn is a Professor of Astronomy at the University of Washington. He leads the “N-body shop,” a collaboration of computer scientists and astrophysicists who specialize in particle based numerical simulations of cosmology, galaxies, and planetary systems. Particular research interests include galaxy formation, galactic structure, comet dynamics, and planet formation.
His astrophysical simulations require tens of thousands of cores and produce hundreds of terabytes of data. Hence he investigates parallel programming paradigms and analysis techniques. Of particular eScience interest is the visualization of large unstructured point sets and geometric algorithms on such data.