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## New trends in Computer Simulations in Physics and not only in physics

In this volume we have collected papers based on the presentations given at the International Conference on Computer Simulations in Physics and beyond (CSP2015), held in Moscow, September 6-10, 2015. We hope that this volume will be helpful and scientifically interesting for readers.

The Conference was organized for the first time with the common efforts of the Moscow Institute for Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Science Center in Chernogolovka. The name of the Conference emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of computational physics. Its methods are applied to the broad range of current research in science and society. The choice of venue was motivated by the multidisciplinary character of the MIEM. It is a former independent university, which has recently become the part of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

This issue is the collection of the papers based on the talks presented at the extended workshop “Methods of simulations on supercomputers”, which was held at 21–3 April 2014, in Tarusa hotel Interkosmos of the RAS Space Research Institute. It is the workshop in the series of extended workshops, devoted to the computer technologies in natural sciences. Eighth workshop, as a current one, named “Methods of simulations on supercomputers”. The name is connected with the fact that workshops are supported within the research program the grant by Russian Scientific Foundation 14-21-00158 «Algorithms and methods for mathematical simulations on supercomputing systems, including hybrid ones». Important highlight of the workshop is the active participation of the young scientists, and more than half of the talks were done by the young speakers.

In this volume we have collected papers based on the presentations given at the International Conference on Computer Simulations in Physics and beyond (CSP2015), held in Moscow, September 6-10, 2015. We hope that this volume will be helpful and scientifically interesting for readers.

The Conference was organized for the first time with the common efforts of the Moscow Institute for Electronics and Mathematics (MIEM) of the National Research University Higher School of Economics, the Landau Institute for Theoretical Physics, and the Science Center in Chernogolovka. The name of the Conference emphasizes the multidisciplinary nature of computational physics. Its methods are applied to the broad range of current research in science and society. The choice of venue was motivated by the multidisciplinary character of the MIEM. It is a former independent university, which has recently become the part of the National Research University Higher School of Economics.

Computer simulation, an active learning technique, is now one of the advanced pedagogical technologies. The use of simulation games in the educational process allows students to gain a firsthand understanding of the processes of real life. Public administration, public policy, and political science courses increasingly adopt simulation games in universities worldwide. Besides person-to-person simulation games, there are computer-based simulations in public administration education. Currently in Russia the use of computer-based simulation games in Master of Public Administration (MPA) curricula is quite limited. This paper focuses on computer-based simulation games for students of MPA programs. Our aim was to analyze outcomes of implementing such games in MPA curricula. We have done so by (1) developing three computer- based simulation games about allocating public finances, (2) testing the games in the learning process, and (3) conducting a posttest examination to evaluate the effect of simulation games on students’ knowledge of municipal finances. This study was conducted in the National Research University Higher School of Economics (HSE) and in the Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA) during the period September to December 2015, in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Two groups of students were randomly selected in each university and then randomly allocated either to the experimental or the control group. In control groups (n=12 in HSE, n=13 in RANEPA) students had traditional lectures. In experimental groups (n=12 in HSE, n=13 in RANEPA) students played three simulation games apart from traditional lectures. This exploratory research shows that the use of computer-based simulation games in MPA curricula can improve students’ outcomes by 38%. In general, the experimental groups had better performance on the posttest examination (figure 2). Students in the HSE experimental group had 27.5% better scores than students in the HSE control group. Students of the RANEPA experimental group had 38.0% better scores than students in the RANEPA control group. Research indicates that lecture-based courses are less effective than courses with more interactive approaches. Therefore, our study highlights the need to implement computer-based simulation games in MPA programs in Russian universities. Computer-based simulation games provide students with practical skills for their future careers.

Computer simulation of mechanical testing is used primarily for the correct interpretation of their results and is particularly relevant in cases, when the properties of the material during deformation are essentially nonlinear. For example: when we study mechanical properties of materials with high rate sensitivity. First of all it is superplastic titanium alloys. Superplastic materials exhibit the ability to severe plastic deformation without discontinuities if forming occurs in a narrow range of strain rates, specific to each alloy and temperature-dependent. In the study of superplastic materials, it’s necessary to maintain a constant rate of deformation of the sample. This is achieved by conducting an experiment with a special program loading, crosshead speed at which change during the experiment.

Influence of computational physics on the advanced recearch developmet discussed. Interesting examples of the application of computational physics to the testing of theory and hypotesis was presented.

The Conference “Mathematical Modeling and Computational Physics 2015” is jointly organized by the Joint Institute for Nuclear Research (JINR), Dubna, Russia, the Technical University (TU), Institute of Experimental Physics SAS, the Pavol Jozef Šafárik University (UPJŠ), Košice, Slovakia, and the IFIN-HH, Bucharest, Romania.

The Conference follows the rich traditions of the previous conferences on mathematical modeling, numerical methods and computational physics that have been held in Dubna, Russia and also in Slovakia since 1964, e.g., Computational Modeling and Computing in Physics 1996, Modern Trends in Computational Physics 1998, V. International Congress on Mathematical Modeling 2002, Mathematical Modeling and Computational Physics 2006, 2009, 2011, and 2013. This year Conference is dedicated to the 60th anniversary of JINR.

Rigorous nonlinear analysis of the physical model of Costas loop is very difficult task, so for analysis, simplified mathematical models and numerical simulation are widely used. In the work it is shown that the use of simplified mathematical models, and the application of non rigorous methods of analysis may lead to wrong conclusions concerning the operability of Costas loop.

This proceedings publication is a compilation of selected contributions from the “Third International Conference on the Dynamics of Information Systems” which took place at the University of Florida, Gainesville, February 16–18, 2011. The purpose of this conference was to bring together scientists and engineers from industry, government, and academia in order to exchange new discoveries and results in a broad range of topics relevant to the theory and practice of dynamics of information systems. Dynamics of Information Systems: Mathematical Foundation presents state-of-the art research and is intended for graduate students and researchers interested in some of the most recent discoveries in information theory and dynamical systems. Scientists in other disciplines may also benefit from the applications of new developments to their own area of study.