About Us

Welcome To ScienceSim

ScienceSim is a virtual environment that can be used as a tool for visualization, education, training and scientific discovery. ScienceSim was launched in January 2009 by ACM and the IEEE Computer Society to support the SuperComputing 2009 conference. It continues to be an environment where scientists, educators and students come together to explore new usages of virtual environments.

We would like to invite you to join ScienceSim and participate in our exploration of new experiences enabled by virtual environments.

What Our Users Are Doing

Cellular Automata Demonstrations: The patterns of cloudcover and the mosaic of soiltypes in the fern genetics simulation are both controlled by cellular automata. Utah State created region modules to demonstrate the continuous automata system used to generate cloudcover and to demonstrate Conway’s Game of Life on the surface of a torus.

Fern Lifecycle and Population Genetics Simulations: Utah State is growing virtual ferns to better understand how their lifecycle of independent, alternating, haploid-diploid generations affects their genetics at the population level. The ferns’ health and fitness are determined by the interaction of their genome with environmental factors such as crowding, altitude, weather, and soiltype. Opensim region modules provide tools for summarizing and plotting data about the population, and for visualizing patterns of genetic diversity that emerge across the landscape.

Scalable Virtual Environments: Intel is investigating various technologies that enable “order of magnitude” scalability improvements for virtual environments. Through collaborations with the Fashion Research Institute, Intel has demonstrated very complex scenes (“millions of objects”), very high numbers of avatars (over one thousand), and very large scenes such as Yellowstone and Mt. St. Helens which span thousands of regions.