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Fusion Science

 Fusion research at NERSC is helping to expand our fundamental understanding of plasmas - highly ionized matter at very high temperatures and densities.  This will help build the scientific foundations needed to develop the predictive capability required for a sustainable fusion energy source. Specific computational goals include:

  • Advancing the fundamental science of magnetically confined plasmas;
  • Exploring the feasibility of the inertial confinement approach as a fusion energy source, to better understand our universe, and to enhance national security and economic competitiveness;
  • Supporting the development of the scientific understanding required to design and deploy the materials needed to support a burning plasma environment; and
  • Increasing fundamental understanding of basic plasma science, to enhance economic competiveness and to create opportunities for a broader range of science-based applications

Recent News

Trillion Particle Simulation on Hopper Honored with Best Paper

May 31, 2013 | Tags: Astrophysics, Computer Science, Hopper

An unprecedented trillion-particle simulation, which utilized more than 120,000 processors and generated approximately 350 terabytes of data, pushed NERSC’s Cray XE6 “Hopper” supercomputer to its limits. And, allowed Berkeley Lab researchers to glean valuable insights that will help thousands of scientists worldwide make the most of current petascale systems like Hopper and future exascale supercomputers. Read More »

Physics of Intrinsic Plasma Rotation Explained for First Time

July 23, 2013 | Tags: Fusion Energy Sciences (FES), Hopper

The quality of a fusion reaction is determined by plasma confinement at the edge, which is not yet completely understood due to the complicated interactions between multiscale physics. The SciDAC-developed XGC1 code, which was created using NERSC supercomputers, is the world’s first and only gyrokinetic code able to simulate the multiscale turbulence and background physics in realistic edge geometries. Read More »

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