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IFERC-CSC Helios projects

The International Fusion Energy Research Centre (IFERC) project has been started on 1st July 2007. The Computational Simulation Centre (CSC) is one of three IFERC sub projects. The mission of IFERC-CSC is to exploit large-scale and high performance fusion simulations. For performing such mission, the IFERC-CSC supercomputer Helios with a peak performance of 1.52 PF (1.237 PF in Linpack) was installed at the IFERC site at Rokkasho, Japan on 1st January 2012. After the lighthouse projects and test runs, the normal operation started on 9th April 2012 and will run until 31st December 2016.

Once a year a call is launched to invite scientists and engineers to propose projects to be run on the IFERC-CSC supercomputer Helios. Projects shall be relevant to fusion development (ITER & BA) in the field of magnetic confinement and primarily deal with numerical simulations in the following areas:

  • Plasma turbulence and related transport processes
  • Fast particle physics
  • Linear, nonlinear and/or extended MHD
  • Edge physics
  • Heating and current drive
  • Integrated modelling of fusion plasmas
  • Reactor materials
  • Reactor technology

in order to analyse experimental data on fusion plasmas, to prepare scenarios for ITER operation, to predict the performance of the ITER facilities, and to contribute to the DEMO design physics basis and to BA activities.