BSC Fusion group hosts the final EUROfusion Code Camp of 2019

Group photo of the EUROfusion Code Campers at the entrance to the MareNostrum supercomputer at BSC

Barcelona Supercomputing Center has hosted the final EUROfusion Code Camp of 2019 from the 9th to 13th of December at the Diagonal-Nord Campus of UPC. With its 33 participants from various research units around Europe, the Code Camp has given the EUROfusion Work Package on Code Development (WPCD) an excellent setting to continue its collaborative efforts to push forward integrated modelling in fusion. Moreover, it served as a forum to discuss the coming EU Framework Programme FP9 which will bring significant changes and restructuring to EUROfusion with a new E-TASC programme including Advanced Computing Hubs (ACHs).

One of the highlights of the Code Camp was a visit to the MareNostrum 4 supercomputer located at BSC where the participants were introduced to its computer architecture, network and characteristics. Moreover, visitors learned about CTE clusters to explore new technologies for MareNostrum 5. The tour also included a presentation of the research developed at BSC in various topics such as medicine, materials, new supercomputers or energy.

Our Fusion Group Leader Mervi Mantsinen giving a presentation on BSC, computer applications and fusion research carried out at BSC at the beginning of the Code Camp.

Our Fusion group has actively participated in the Code Camp in several ways. We have taken care of  the local organization as well as participated in the development of WPCD tasks:

  • Ignacio López de Arbina and Mervi Mantsinen have been working on the implementation of the GGD distributions to store PION distribution functions and further internal parameters.
  • Albert Gutiérrez has developed performance analysis of virtualization technologies for plasma codes, working and discussing with members of the Core Programming Team.
  • Xavier Sáez has played a key role in the preparation and organization of the event.

We hope that all the participants have had a productive time and have enjoyed their time in Barcelona. We wish them all a safe trip home and we look forward to welcoming them again to BSC in a near future.

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