The quark-gluon plasma produced in the heavy-ion
collisions at RHIC (Brookhaven) is a strongly coupled
relativistic fluid. As a result perturbative QCD fails to
capture the fundamental properties of this matter. On the
other hand, non-perturbative field theory techniques such
as the lattice-QCD are not convenient to study the most
important real-time observables. I will explain how string
theory comes to rescue! Using the idea of gauge-gravity
correspondence we construct a gravitational model, designed
to capture the basic properties of QCD. I will first explain
the phase diagram of the theory and then move onto
non-equillibrium domain and derive general properties of the
quark-gluon fluid, such as the viscosity parameters and energy
loss of heavy-quark probes.