Gaurav Khanna

IRL Name: 
Gaurav Khanna

Gaurav Khanna is an Indian-American black hole physicist, supercomputing innovator, academic and researcher. He is the creator of the OpenMacGrid, PlayStation 3 Gravity Grid, and developer of open-source software for scientific computing for the Mac.

An astrophysicist and a supercomputer genius, Dr. Khanna used an extraordinary combination of science and software to research black holes. He networked 16 PlayStation 3 (PS3) consoles to help model black-hole collisions. Because black holes cannot be observed directly through telescopes, Dr. Khanna uses the supercomputer he built to create simulations of the collisions instead.


He has also worked on black hole perturbation theory, loop quantum cosmology, singularities and gravitational wave science.