View of the control room at Garching: from here the control data were transmitted to Japan. The results could then be followed by the IPP physicists on the terminals at Garching. Contact with the Japanese team was done with a large-scale monitor (Photo: Petra Nieckchen, IPP)
On 13 December 2007, experimentation on Japan's JT-60 Upgrade fusion device at Naka Fusion Institute was remotely controlled from Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP) in Garching. The two institutes are each operating the largest fusion research device in their respective countries. These joint experiments are to prepare for the remotely controlled work on the international ITER fusion test reactor, construction of which will soon begin at Cadarache, France.