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What is Computational Science?

Computational science is the use of models, simulations, and modern data analytics to solve complex problems and understand the world around us.  It is an intrinsically multidisciplinary field of study. Computational Science lies at the intersection of mathematics, informatics, natural and social sciences, and is a dynamic scientific method used to explain real-world processes and a method for solving increasingly complex problems.  For instance, IACS researchers use computers to blow up stars, explore continental scale ecology, and peer into the amazing world of quantum mechanics.  We use the world's largest supercomputers and employ advanced AI.  IACS students advance the intellectual foundations of computation and data, with high-impact applications in engineering;  the physical, environmental, life, and social sciences; and the humanities.