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Feeding the mighty Jaguar

Simulations track turbulence and transport of energetic helium particles in ITER. Image courtesy of Don Spong, ORNL. (Click to view larger version...)
Simulations track turbulence and transport of energetic helium particles in ITER. Image courtesy of Don Spong, ORNL.
Until ITER is built, science must rely on simulations to find the optimal conditions with which ITER could produce the most energy. A team around Zhihong Lin, physicist at the University of California—Irvine and principal investigator at the Oak Ridge Leadership Computing Facility (OLCF), is busy feeding the mighty Jaguar Supercomputer to simulate all of the chaotic movements in a fusion plasma simultaneously.

The 35 million hours allotted to his team's project in 2011 will go toward not only simulations of ITER fusion plasmas, but also toward preparing codes for next-generation supercomputers.

Click here to find out more about the Jaguar Supercomputer.


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