Most simulations published here do not take hydrodynamics and star formation into account. However, given a catalog of dark matter halos and their merging histories, it is possible to compute properties of galaxies that would reside in these dark matter halos using semi-analytical recipes.

Within the CosmoSim database, you can find data from following semi-analytical codes:

MDPL2 galaxies

Currently CosmoSim has galaxy properties for the MDPL2 simulation.
These tables are based on the MDPL2.Rockstar dark matter halo catalog and the merger tree information therein.


In order to properly acknowledge our efforts, we request the following paragraph to be included in the “Acknowledgements” section of any publication which makes use of the galaxies extracted from the MDPL2 simulation:

The CosmoSim database used in this paper is a service by the Leibniz-Institute for Astrophysics Potsdam (AIP). The authors gratefully acknowledge the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing e.V. ( and the Partnership for Advanced Supercomputing in Europe (PRACE, for funding the MultiDark simulation project by providing computing time on the GCS Supercomputer SuperMUC at Leibniz Supercomputing Centre (LRZ,

In addition please cite the following paper: Knebe et al. (2017), MNRAS in press


The CosmoSim database team consists of:

  • Database Technical Development: Harry Enke, Adrian Partl, Kristin Riebe, Jochen Klar, Anastasia Galkin
  • Database Scientific Coordination: Stefan Gottlöber, Anatoly Klypin, Alexander Knebe, Noam Libeskind, Francisco Prada, Gustavo Yepes

The MultiDark Planck simulation suite has been performed by Gustavo Yepes at the SuperMUC supercomputer at LRZ using time granted by PRACE and project time granted by LRZ. The galaxy models haven been created by Andrew Benson, Christoph Behrens, Darren Croton, Adam Stevens, Sofia Cora and Cristian Vega based on the Rockstar catalogs and merger trees provided by Peter Behroozi.

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