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EPSRC Reference: EP/J004839/1
Title: G8 Multilateral Research Funding Nu-FuSE
Principal Investigator: Ackland, Professor GJ
Other Investigators:
Trew, Professor AS
Researcher Co-Investigators:
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Department: Sch of Physics and Astronomy
Organisation: University of Edinburgh
Scheme: Standard Research
Starts: 04 April 2011 Ends: 30 September 2014 Value (£): 395,303
EPSRC Research Topic Classifications:
High Performance Computing
EPSRC Industrial Sector Classifications:
No relevance to Underpinning Sectors
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Summary on Grant Application Form
The primary focus of fusion energy research over the past decades has

been on magnetic confinement devices called tokamaks. The UK's JET

facility is currently the largest tokamak in the world but will be surpassed

by the international ITER device, now under construction in France.

Providing computational resources in support of ITER is a dedicated High

Performance Computer for Fusion (HPC-FF) at Jülich, Germany, which will

soon be expanded at Rokkasho, Japan in the International Fusion Energy

Research Center within the ``broader approach" framework between

Japan and the EU. Operation is planned to start in 2012. Simulation is

required in three principal areas: plasma physics, the powerful controlling

plasma-solid interaction/interface, and materials science. We have

constructed a consortium involving six countries (France, Germany, Japan,

Russia, UK and USA) with expertise in all three of these applications

domains as well as the underpinning computational science techniques.

We propose to use these skills to undertake an integrated research

programme focussed on investigating the scaling of key codes which have

relevance for providing experimentally validated predictive capabilities for

magnetic fusion systems.

On the path towards an economical magnetic confinement fusion reactor

integrated numerical models can speed up technological but also physical

progress, even mitigating possible bottlenecks.

Our proposal concentrates on codes for three scientific areas, the plasma

itself, the materials from which a reactor will be built, and the physics of the

plasma edge.

Previous research on materials and plasmas has been conducted

independently, and a key aspect of the proposal is to ensure that scientists

working in these areas are well versed in all the issues affecting putative

devices. We will train a cohort of young scientists who are genuinely

expert in "Fusion Energy", as opposed to the current division of expertise

between plasma physicists, reactor engineers and materials scientists.

This group will comprise both the researchers paid for by the project, and

the students funded by the constituent universities to work alongside them.

It will also bring together the international group of senior scientists (PIs)

from different fields united in the goal of supporting a practical fusion

energy device. The collaborative training courses will ensure that

expertise in one area is matched by an understanding of the other.

Particularly in materials science, researchers are using codes developed

to treat a wide range of materials. The issues relevant for fusion are more

specific, and there is plenty of

scope for both algorithmic and parallelisation developments to lead to

significant speed-ups.

By concentrating on community codes, we will ensure that the exascale

developments of the project are of benefit to a wide range of external

users, in addition to the scientists working on the project itself.

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