Predicting how a handful of billiard balls are going to bounce off each other on a pool table is already a daunting task, so imagine the challenge of calculating how millions and millions of tiny particles are going to interact as they’re poured into a bowl.


It’s not impossible, it just takes a tremendous amount of time and computing power, which is why this research has the potential to streamline everything from creating visual effects for Hollywood blockbusters, to making the dirt kicked up by a car’s tires look more realistic in a video game.

[Disney Research]