By Thomas Nowotny, Professor of Informatics at the University of Sussex.

This article is part of our series: a day in the software life, in which we ask researchers from all disciplines to discuss the tools that make their research possible.

Computer simulators have transformed almost every aspect of science and technology. From Formula One cars to modern jet engine aircraft, from predicting the weather to the stock market, and to the inner workings of the brain itself, most research and development activities today depend heavily on numerical simulations.

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