From February to August 2019, the Fusion group is receiving the visit of a scientist from Argentina, Dr. Alejandro Soba of the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina (CNEA) and National Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET). The objective of Dr. Soba’s stay is to develop a neutron transport deterministic module for the in-house code ALYA.
The stay is partially financed by EUROlab4HPC and the Severo Ochoa mobility’s program. Eurolab4HPC is a Coordination Action funded by the European Commission under H2020 with the bold commitment to build the foundation for a European Research Center of Excellence in High-Performance Computing (HPC) Systems. Severo Ochoa mobility’s program aims at enhancing partnerships between BSC and other institutions through grants for ongoing and incoming researchers.
Alejandro’s visit will boost the neutron transport research field in our research group thanks to the knowledge acquired during the collaboration and the module developed in ALYA. This new module will place ALYA in an advantageous competitive position since there are many codes in the world that solve the neutron transport equation, but none of them are currently integrated into a computational framework for multiphysics coupling problems. Therefore, this initiative will open the door for ALYA to participate in the design of fusion reactors where simulations require a high computing power. In addition, it will facilitate a closer collaboration with Centro Atómico Constituyentes (CAC), Argentina, in the field of fusion.
We acknowledge the support given by the European Union’s Horizon2020 and the BSC Severo Ochoa mobility grants to strengthen these collaborations.