The authors outline new ways of using computers as scientific tools, introducing two concepts which go beyond traditional numerical simulations. On the level of software, they describe a "dynamicist's workbench", an environment to provide interactive support for setting up, executing and analyzing computational experiments. On the level of hardware, the authors discuss the concept of a "computational observatory", especially designed and manufactured for specific problems in stellar dynamics.
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