BSC Fusion Group Member wins prestigious EUROfusion Engineering Grant

We are very pleased to announce that Albert Gutiérrez from our Fusion Group has been awarded with a prestigious EUROfusion Engineering Grant (EEG) for his project entitled Software Engineering: Development of High Performance Computing capability for fusion workflows, integrated to the ITER Modelling framework. The grant starts on January 1st 2018 and will have a duration of three years.

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BSC Annual Meeting 2017

BSC Annual Meeting 2017.

BSC celebrated its Annual Meeting 2017 on Monday the 18th of December. The meeting started with a speech by BSC Director Mateo Valero and BSC Associated Director Josep Martorell about the BSC achievements in 2017 and the outlook for 2018, including answers to a number of questions raised by the personnel prior to the meeting.

The directors highlighted new processor, personalized medicine and artificial intelligence as the three current strategic key projects.

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Fusion for Energy celebrates its 10th anniversary

On Thursday the 30 of November, Fusion for Energy (F4E) celebrated its 10th anniversary with an event attended by 500 people in Barcelona.

Fusion for Energy (F4E) is an organization located in Barcelona, Spain. It was created in 2007 under the Euratom Treaty by a decision of the Council of the European Union in order to meet three objectives: providing Europe’s contribution to ITER, supporting fusion research and development initiatives, and contributing towards the construction of demonstration fusion reactors.

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Join us! We are looking for an Internship student in Computational Modelling for Fusion

BSC team.

The Fusion Group at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) is looking for an internship student with a degree in physics or computer science. The position supports the development and applications of plasma simulation codes in the group and involves different state-of-the-art technologies.

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Spanish company will assemble the ITER vacuum vessel

ENSA plant located in Maliaño (Cantabria). Photo: ENSA

The international ITER project, whose objective is to demonstrate the viability of nuclear fusion as a source of energy, has chosen to use Spanish technology for the assembly of its vacuum vessel. The different vacuum vessel components will be assembled at the ITER site in Caradache (France) by the Spanish company Equipos Nucleares (ENSA).

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Heating up the engines at JET

The Joint European Torus (JET) chamber (Photo: extremetech)

After almost one year of the JET shutdown, the General Planning Meeting (GPM) was held at the Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE) during the 11th to 13th of October. The meeting was followed on-site by three of our fusion group members, Mervi Mantsinen, Shimpei Futatani and Dani Gallart.

Many aspects of the following JET campaigns were discussed at the GPM. More importantly, all the proposals made by the fusion community were evaluated and a slot was assigned accordingly as a main or back-up experiment or, due to lack of time and prioritization criteria, suppressed, a priori, from the campaign. The selection of the proposals was carried out by the team of Task Force Leaders (TFLs) who presented an ambitious plan for the coming campaigns.

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