Computational science

Computational science refers to the extensive use of computers to carry out scientific studies. This method of conducting research offers new ways to explore and understand data.

The way scientific research is carried out has changed significantly over the past few decades. Advances in computational science have been the main driving force behind this.

Computational science may complement traditional lab-based or field-based work, or even replace it. Through computer simulation and visualisation, we can carry out virtual experiments where real-life testing might be too dangerous, costly, unethical, or impossible.

Computational analysis can also help to process the large data sets generated by contemporary science and engineering.

Not surprisingly, computational scientists are in high demand across all areas of science and engineering as well as social sciences and economics. Some of the most prominent and most important areas of demand are bioinformatics, medicine, climate studies, and ecological modelling.

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