Symbolic and Parallel Computation in Celestial Mechanics

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1996

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in "Applications on Advanced Architecture Computers", Greg Astfalk ed., pp 93-100.

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One aspect of celestial mechanics is the computation of the long-term orbits of celestial bodies. This type of computation is complicated by the interaction of the many bodies that need to be considered to derive accurate long-term behavior. For reasons explained in this chapter, it is necessary to do this symbolically rather than numerically. Symbolic computations performed on a Lisp machine are described. The visualization of the solution is accomplished in a massively parallel SIMD machine.

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