Around 60 people from Fusion for Energy visited the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) last week. The visit was organized by the Fusion for Energy Staff Committee in collaboration with the BSC Communications team. The visit included a tour of the MareNostrum supercomputer hosted at BSC.
In the frame of his three-year EUROfusion Engineering Grant (2018-2020), our group member Albert Gutiérrez has visited the Poznań Supercomputing and Networking Center (PSCN), Poland, from the 14th to 18th of October. During his visit Albert worked closely with the EUROfusion Core Programming Team (CPT) member Tomasz Żok on the performance and integration of fusion codes on virtualized environments.
Between September 16th and October 11th, our group member Ignacio López de Arbina worked at the ITER Organization headquarters under the Severo Ochoa Mobility Program of Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC).
Ignacio works to integrate the PION code in the IMAS infrastructure within the Work Package Code Development (WPCD) of the EUROfusion Consortium. PION is an Ion Cyclotron Range of Frequencies (ICRF) heating code which is widely used in our group and the European fusion community to model the power deposition of the launched electromagnetic waves in the plasma. IMAS stands for the ITER Integrated Modeling & Analysis Suit. This is a software infrastructure that the fusion community is developing at ITER to allow and ease the integrated modelling, that is the simultaneous and self-consistent calculations between the different codes that model a fusion experiment.
The realisation of a PhD has been a true adventure. It has been an experience that has helped me to improve in many aspects. It has shown me the path to make real research. I have also learned to seek relevant results for my research topic and, most importantly, I have contributed in a research field that has the potential to change the world. However, this adventure would have not been possible without the supervision and good advice from Prof. Mervi Mantsinen, she does deserve a big thank you.
We are delighted to announce that our group member Allah Rakha has been granted with the title of PhD in physics after successfully defending his dissertation entitled “Analysis of energetic particle-driven Alfvénic instabilities in tokamak and stellarator plasmas using three dimensional numerical tools”.
The evaluation board was composed by five members from five universities and research centers, i.e. EPFL (Switzerland), Ghent University (Belgium), Universidad de Sevilla (Spain), UC3M (Spain) and Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC, Spain), to meet the requirement of his co-tutelle PhD programme at Ghent University and UPC. The defence itself took place on September 27, 2019 at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona (Spain).
Friday, September 27th, will be an exciting day for our group: Two members of our group, Mr Allah Rakha and Mr Daniel Gallart, will have their PhD thesis defences on that same day at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya – BarcelonaTech (UPC).