IIS 2014
25th-29th August 2014

High Performance Computing in Fusion Science

Aims and scientific context

The international ITER school aims to prepare young scientists for working in the field of nuclear fusion and its application in research subject associated to the ITER project.

The first ITER school was organized during July 2007 in Aix-en-Provence, France, and was focused on turbulent transport in fusion plasmas. Five different editions have followed, focused on different subjects: in 2008 in Fukuoka, Japan, on the magnetic confinement, in 2009 in Aix-en-Provence, on the plasma-surface interaction, in 2010 in Austin, Texas, on Magneto-Hydro-Dynamics, in 2011 in Aix-en-Provence, on energetic particles and finally in 2012 in Ahmedabad, India, on radio-frequency heating.

All these editions were fairly successful and their related proceedings were published by the American Institute of Physics and in Fusion Science and Technology.

The ITER school answers the need for formation in fusion research field and it has naturally become a worldwide reference in the context of ITER project. The steering commitee decided that the ITER school is organized alternatively in France and in one of the other ITER partners. The choice of the ''school format'' was suggested by the necessity of preparing future scientists on really different subjects and showing them a wide overview on the interdisciplinary skills required by the ITER project. Indeed the ITER project represents a challenge not only in the field of high-temperature plasmas, but also for the Chemistry and Physics of surfaces, for non-linear Dynamics, turbulence studied in fluids and applied Mathematics.

The future 2014 ITER school is focused on high-performance computing in modeling fusion plasmas. This subject has an interdisciplinary character : high-performance computing is a key-tool for facing different problems in different fields of magnetically confined fusion. It is one of the main subject for achieving the expected results in the future ITER reactor : due to the high complexity of high-temperature plasmas and to the growing performances of modern calculators, the majority of studies in this field are performed using, highly parallel, numerical codes.

The 2014 ITER school will be a good opportunity for reviewing the recent progresses in this field and for promoting the interaction between the various communities involved (different branches of Plasma Physics, Computational Physics, Applied Mathematics).

Suitable audience

Expected results

Development of an educational program associated to the ITER project and of a interdisciplinary community. Creation of a net for an easier knowledge and method transfer between different fields and communities in fusion research. Creation of opportunities for expanding or changing the research subjects of all participants, in particular for young Post-Docs. Identification of educational needs in preparing the next generation of scientists in fusion science.

Lecture organisation, student participation and proceedings

The ITER school is organized in 26 hrs of lectures (roughly 6 hrs/day), one poster section where students can present their works and few work-groups on specific topics that aims to create collaborations between different lecturers and students. The lectures will be published, in the form of topic reviews, on the Journal of Plasma Physics.