A European Infrastructure for Fusion Simulations

Adrian Jackson, Par Strand, Isabel Campos, Matthieu Haefele, Marcin Plociennik , Michal Owsiak, Gabriele Manduchi , Alejandro Soba, Bernard Guillerminet , Jan Westerholm, Rui Coelho, Eric Sonnendrücker

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Abstract / Description of output

he Integrated Tokamak Modelling Task Force (ITM-TF) is developing an infrastructure where the validation needs, as being formulated in terms of multi-device data access and detailed physics comparisons aiming for inclusion of synthetic diagnostics in the simulation chain, are key components. A device independent approach to data transport and a standardized approach to data management (data structures, naming, and access) is being developed in order to allow cross validation between different fusion devices using a single toolset. The effort is focused on ITER plasmas and ITER scenario development on current fusion device. The modeling tools are, however, aimed for general use and can be promoted in other areas of modelling as well. Extensive work has already gone into the development of standardized descriptions of the data (Consistent Physical Objects) providing initial steps towards a complete fusion modelling ontology. The longer term aim is a complete simulation platform which is expected to last and be extended in different ways for the coming 30 years. The technical underpinning is therefore of vital importance. In particular, the platform needs to be extensible and open-ended to be able to take full advantage of not only today's most advanced technologies but also be able to marshal future developments. A full level comprehensive prediction of ITER physics rapidly becomes expensive in terms of computing resources and may cover a range of computing paradigms. The simulation framework therefore needs to be able to use both grid and HPC computing facilities. Hence, data access and code coupling technologies are required to be available for a heterogeneous, possibly distributed, environment. The developments in this area are pursued in a separate project - EUFORIA (EU Fusion for ITER Applications). The current status of ITM-TF and EUFORIA is presented and discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2010 18th Euromicro Conference on Parallel, Distributed and Network-based Processing
Number of pages467
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-4244-5673-4
Publication statusPublished - 2010

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • GRID
  • HPC
  • ITER
  • ITM
  • Fusion
  • Integrated Modelling


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