What you will learn
This project demonstrates the importance of controlling the initial condition of a numerical simulation of galaxy formation to allow the replication of research findings. Different groups use different initial conditions as the starting point for their numerical modeling, complicating the comparison of results between groups. Are discrepant predictions for galaxy properties due to choices in the physics modeled in the simulation, or are they just due to different initial conditions? This work ensures that a common set of well-chosen initial conditions will be accessible and computationally feasible for all, enabling the comparison of simulation results across studies.