During the last decade, thanks to a combination of exploding computational power and improved physical insight into material behavior, continuum and atomistic simulations improved greatly. Both classes of methods are now used to solve problems, which are more complicated than ever with greater accuracy than ever before. Nevertheless, there still exist problems for which neither method alone is sufficient. In general, atomistic simulations cannot be used for such length scales due to the restrictions on the number of atoms that can be simulated, along with the time scales, which they can be simulated for. In contrast, continuum simulations tend to fail at the atomic scale, for example due to...

During the last decade, thanks to a combination of exploding computational power and improved physical insight into material behavior, continuum and atomistic simulations improved greatly. Both classes of methods are now used to solve problems, which are more complicated than ever with greater accuracy than ever before. Nevertheless, there still exist problems for which neither method alone is sufficient. In general, atomistic simulations cannot be used for such length scales due to the restrictions on the number of atoms that can be simulated, along with the time scales, which they can be simulated for. In contrast, continuum simulations tend to fail at the atomic scale, for example due to...