The IllustrisTNG project is an ongoing series of large, cosmological magnetohydrodynamical simulations of galaxy formation. TNG aims to illuminate the physical processes that drive galaxy formation: to understand when and how galaxies evolve into the structures that are observed in the night sky, and to make predictions for current and future observational programs. The simulations use a state of the art numerical code which includes a comprehensive physical model and runs on some of the largest supercomputers in the world. TNG is a successor to the original Illustris simulation and builds on several years of effort by many people. The project description page contains an introduction to the motivations, techniques, and early science results of the TNG simulations. The project includes three primary runs spanning a range of volume and resolution; these are called TNG50, TNG100, and TNG300.

Development for the TNG model and simulations was started in 2014, and the first production simulation (TNG100) started two years later in 2016 with the finalization of the model. The original plan of three large-volume cosmological boxes was achieved in 2019 with the completion of TNG50. Since 2017 the collaboration, as well as a large group of public data users, have published a number of papers on results across a diverse set of topics within the fields of galaxy formation, evolution, and cosmology.

In 2020 and onwards a number of spin-off projects have begun, extending the original TNG suite beyond its original scope and goals. Stay tuned for more!

-The TNG Collaboration

Recent News

1 June, 2021
Launch of the Cosmological Jellyfish Zooniverse project -- help us classify galaxies!
1 Feb, 2021
The TNG50 simulation is publicly released.
2 Dec, 2020
A new WebGL volume rendering capability has been added to Explorer3D for interactive exploration.
21 Oct, 2020
The date for the public release of the TNG50 simulation has been set for Feb 1, 2021.
8 May, 2020
Prof. Lars Hernquist and Prof. Volker Springel awarded the 2020 Gruber Cosmology Prize for their work on computational structure formation and galaxy evolution.
8 Oct, 2019
Dr. Annalisa Pillepich and Dr Dylan Nelson awarded the 2019 Golden Spike Award for the TNG50 simulation project run on Hazel Hen at HLRS.
23 Apr, 2019
After 26 months, the TNG50 simulation reaches z=0 on the Hazel Hen supercomputer.
18 Feb, 2019
The third and final simulation of the project, TNG50, is presented with two introductory papers.
17 Dec, 2018
The TNG100 and TNG300 simulations are released!
18 May, 2018
The date for the full public data release of the first two TNG simulations, TNG100 and TNG300, has been set for 17 December, 2018 (previously 7 Dec).
1 Feb, 2018
TNG hits the news! With the publication of the first papers in MNRAS, a number of press releases from participating institutions have been sent out.
6 Oct, 2017
Prof. Volker Springel was awarded the "Golden Spike Award" for his presentation of IllustrisTNG to HLRS, the computational center where the simulations are being run.
24 July, 2017
Several new fields/overlays have been added to the TNG 2D explorer: dark matter (annihilation signal, velocity), gas (temperature, velocity, shock energy dissipation rate, synchrotron emission, HI column density), stars (optical light).
13 July, 2017
The introductory paper series for TNG100 and TNG300 is posted, and the website launched.
23 November, 2016
The TNG300 run finished on Hazel Hen.
7 August, 2016
The TNG100 run finished on Hazel Hen.