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In 2005, Carlos Lousto was among the first researchers to simulate the impacts of two black holes merging, including the signature of the gravitational waves produced. A decade later, his results were observationally confirmed by LIGO.

Lousto and James Healy (both of Rochester Institute of Technology) used Frontera to model for the first time a black hole merger of two black holes with very different sizes (128:1). The research required seven months of constant computation.

The results, published in Physical Review Letters, predicts the gravitational waves such a merger would produce, as well as characteristics of the resulting merged black hole.


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