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Lensed performs forward parametric modelling of strong lenses. Using a provided model, Lensed renders the expected image of the lensing event for a large number of parameter settings, thereby exploring the space of possible realizations of the observation. It compares the expectation to the observed image by calculating the likelihood that the observation was indeed produced by the assumed model, thus reconstructing the probability distribution over the parameter space of the model. Written in C, the code uses a massively parallel ray-tracing kernel to perform the necessary calculations on a graphics processing unit (GPU), making the precise rendering of the background lensed sources fast and allowing the simultaneous optimization of tens of parameters for the selected model.
SkyPy simulates the astrophysical sky. It provides functions that sample realizations of sources and their associated properties from probability distributions. Simulation pipelines are constructed from these models, while task scheduling and data dependencies are handled internally. The package's modular design, containing a library of physical and empirical models across a range of observables and a command line script to run end-to-end simulations, allows users to interface with external software.
GLASS (Generator for Large Scale Structure) produces cosmological simulations on the sphere. The full, three-dimensional past light cone of the observer is discretized into a sequence of nested shells, which are further discretized in the angular dimensions into maps of the sphere. GLASS was originally designed to simulate cosmic matter, weak gravitational lensing, and galaxy positions, but its flexible design and open architecture allows it to be used for a wide range of cosmological and astrophysical simulations on the sphere.