1. Also known as Metropolis Monte Carlo Simulation.

  2. Real annealing is heating and slow cooling to find groundstate or equilibrium state at a finite tempertaure.

  3. Simulated annealing is an algorithm to do the same; usually use Metropolis Monte Carlo algorithm and logarithmic cooling schedule.

  4. Used to find optimal arrangement of wires on a computer chip and for other optimization problems.

  5. E. Ribak, S. Lipson and JA used it to optimally phase a multimirrored telescope.

  6. May be interchanged with molecular dynamics to quickly equilibrate samples.

  7. Does not follow real time sequences.

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