A supercomputer that will perform complex plasma physics calculations has been hailed as an important milestone in R&D.
The supercomputer will perform one quadrillion mathematical operations per second and will be part of Europe’s contribution to the Broader Approach (BA) signed between Europe and Japan to complement the ITER project through various R&D activities which are developed in the field of nuclear fusion.
With a computational power above 1 Petaflop, the supercomputer will be ranked among the most powerful systems in the world and at least 10 times more powerful than any existing system dedicated to simulations in the field of fusion in Europe and Japan.
The supercomputer, with a memory exceeding 280 TB and high speed storage system exceeding 5 PB, will be complemented by a medium term storage system and a pre/post-processing and visualization system.
The operation of the supercomputer will begin with a few high-visibility code runs, otherwise known as “light-house projects” because of the light they are expected to shed with their findings, to test drive the capacities of the supercomputer and achieve maximum performance.
During the rest of its exploitation period, European and Japanese researchers will be invited to submit proposals which will be selected according to their importance for the development of ITER and fusion research.
The volume of findings stemming from this activity will feed into the plasma codes in preparation for ITER and into the design of the future DEMO reactor.