Past events, research visits and conference participations

2018

  • On 19 January, Mervi Mantsinen attended the Corporate Liaison Programme Day (CLP) focused on Quantum Technologies organized by ICFO, Castelldefels, Spain.
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  • On 14 February, our group appeared in the Spanish LAB24 TV program as an example of applying the new MareNostrum supercomputer to further the science. LAB24 is a TV program of Televisión Española (TVE) that disseminates the work of Spanish laboratories and research centers.
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  • From 22 to 23 February, Allah Rakha presented his work titled “Modelling of Energetic Particle-Driven Alfvénic instabilities in TJ-II plasmas” at Fast Ions Physics workshop, held at IPP Greifswald, Germany.
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  • From 26 February to 9 March, Dr John Wright, Principal Scientist at Plasma Science and Fusion Center at MIT (USA) visited our group, through a BSC Severo Ochoa incoming mobility funding, in order to install the All-Orders Spectral Algorithm (AORSA) code at MareNostrum to start a collaboration. Moreover John gave several talks where he introduced his research and the main features of AORSA.
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  • From 12 to 17 March, Mervi Mantsinen participated in the on-site working sessions of the analysis and modelling tasks in preparation of the next JET experimental campaign, Culham Science Center, Abingdon, UK.
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  • From 21 to 22 March, Mervi Mantsinen participated in the Programme Committee Meeting for the 45th European Physical Society Conference of Plasma Physics, Prague, Czech Republic.
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  • From 3 to 13 April, our fusion group participated to the WP-CD Code Camp at Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre (PSNC), Poznan, Poland. Xavier Sáez and Mervi Mantsinen worked in the PION integration into IMAS Kepler workflow. Albert Gutiérrez continued the development on his EUROfusion Engineering Grant and Edgar Olivares supported Albert work and learned how to use ASCOT code.
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  • On 12 April, Xavier Sáez attended the bi-annual meeting of the EUROfusion High Level Support Team (HLST) in the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany. He presented the work developed in the group to improve the performance of FELTOR code.
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  • On 13 April, Mervi Mantsinen, appeared in the last issue of “Fusion in Europe”. In the article titled as “Dan Brown, MareNostrum and Postdocs in Barcelona”, Mervi explains the relation among the fusion and supercomputing fields.
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  • On 18 April, Mervi Mantsinen participated in Jornadas Tecniques “El projecte ITER i la seva situació actual”, Enginyers Industrials de Catalunya (EIC), Barcelona, Spain.
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  • On 20 April, Mervi Mantsinen participated in the ICREA annual meeting.
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  • From 23 to 26 April, Mervi Mantsinen participated in the JET Refresher Course 2018, Culham Science Center, Abingdon, UK.
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  • From 24 to 25 April, our group participated in the 5th Severo Ochoa Doctoral Symposium. Allah Rakha presented his work “Modelling of Alfvénic instabilities in complex toroidal magnetic geometries for fusion”. Edgar Olivares presented his talk “Robust point-location method for linear and high order meshes. Application to particle transport“. Dani Gallart presented his work “On the quest to reach nuclear fusion as a future energy source” . Marc Fuster presented his poster “Application of the edge-based finite element method for fusion plasma simulations” . Finally, Marc Fuster and Alba Gordó were volunteers and help its organization.
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  • On 2 May, Xavier Sáez contributed with a lecture “Simulation codes in Fusion Technology” to the Fusion Technology Course of the Nuclear Engineering Master organized by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain.
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  • On 4 May, Xavier Sáez gave a talk about the research performed in the fusion group and the Computer Applications in Science & Engineering department to a students group from Master in Astrophysics of the University of La Laguna, Tenerife, Spain.
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  • From 17 to 18 May, the group participated in the annual retreat of the Department of Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (CASE) in Altafulla, Spain. The program consisted of speeches, discussions and the study of ths Sprint method, which s a five-phase framework that helps answer critical business questions through rapid prototyping and user testing.
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  • From 26 to 29 June, Xavier Sáez gave a plenary talk on “HPC for solving multi-physics problems” at the 6th International Workshop on Numerical Modelling of High-Temperature Superconductors (HTS) in Costa de Caparica, Portugal.
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  • On 1 July, Ignacio Lopez started as Junior Developer in our group, contributing to the installation of the ICRF modelling code PION to the ITER Integrated Modelling and Analysis Suite (IMAS).
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  • From 2 to 6 July, Mervi Mantsinen and Allah Rakha participated in the 45th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics in Prague, Czech Republic. Mervi presented a poster entitled “Modelling of ICRF heating in ASDEX Upgrade discharges with pure wave heating relevant to the ITER baseline scenario” while Allah Rakha‘s poster was entitled “Modelling of Alfvén cascades in NBI heated stellarator plasmas”.
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  • On 10 July, Marc Fuster successfully presented his final bachelor thesis in Physics entitled: “Application of the Edge-Based Finite Element Method for fusion plasma simulation”. The oral exposition took place at the Faculty of Sciences of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
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  • From 16 to 27 July, Edgar Olivares participated in the two-week Culham Plasma Physics Summer School organized at Culham Science Center, UK. He also visited the Joint European Torus (JET) reactor.
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  • On 27 July, Xavier Sáez has been selected as a High Level Support Team (HLST) member by the General Assembly of EUROfusion.
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  • From 1 August 2018 to 31 January 2019, Allah Rakha visits IPP Garching to work with Dr Philippe Lauber and Prof Jean-Marie Noterdaeme on 3D modelling of fusion plasmas.
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  • From 3 to 14 September, Dani Gallart and Allah Rakha participated in the 13th Carolus Magnus Summer School on Plasma and Fusion Energy Physics in Weert, The Netherlands.
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  • On 5 September, The paper “Modelling of JET hybrid plasmas with emphasis on performance of combined ICRF and NBI heating” written by Dani Gallard as first author was published by Nuclear Fusion. Mervi Mantsinen and Xavier Sáez also collaborated in its development. The results will help improve the fusion plasma performance and, hopefully, boost the plasma performance in the forthcoming DTE2 campaign at JET.
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  • On 14 September, Alba Gordó successfully presented her final master thesis in Modelling for Science and Engineering entitled “Computational study of defects in tungsten crystals by means of density functional theory”.
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  • On 14 September, Mervi Mantsinen participated as an invited member in the four-person jury to evaluate Dr Remi Dumont’s “Habilitation à Diriger des Rercherches” thesis defense at Aix-Marseille University and CEA (AMU-CEA), France.
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  • On 3 October, Mervi Mantsinen participated in Workshop on ERC proposals preparation CoG’19 at EUROfusion High Level Support Team (HLST) in the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany. He presented the work developed in the group to improve the performance of FELTOR code.
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  • From 6 to 9 November, Allah Rakha participated in the Fusenet PhD event at ITER, Caradache, France.
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  • On 5 November, the group submitted the RIS3CAT Emerging Sector Fusion proposal to the Catalan Research Ministry involving 7 Catalan institutions and a budget of 4 M€.
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  • On 9 November, Edgar Olivares defended his PhD thesis, titled “Parallel Lagrangian particle transport: application to respiratory system airways”, based on his research in the BSC Alya team prior joining our group.
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  • From 12 to 16 November, Mervi Mantsinen visited the JET tokamak, CCFE, UK, to participate in the 2018 JET experimental campaigns.
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  • From 5 to 23 November, Dani Gallart visited the JET tokamak, CCFE, UK, to participate in the 2018 JET experimental campaigns.
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  • On 3 December, Mervi Mantsinen participated in the Marconi-Fusion allocation committee meeting to decide on the Marconi-Fusion Cycle3 proposals.
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  • From 11 to 14 December, Mervi Mantsinen visited IPP Garching to participate in the 2018 EUROfusion Medium Size tokamaks experimental campaign on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak.
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  • From 12 to 21 December, Albert Gutierrez participated in the Code Camp of the EUROfusion Code Development work package (WPCD) in Innsbruck, Austria.
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  • On 20 December, our group attended the BSC Annual Meeting. Dani Gallart and Xavier Sáez gave a talk titled “Looking at the stars” introducing the fusion and explaining the work developed by our group.
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2017

  • From 1 January to 8 April, Shimpei Futatani visited as Invited Associate Professor the National Institute for Fusion Science (NIFS), Japan.
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  • On 19 January, the ITER Organization and the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they agree on the importance of promoting and furthering academic and scientific cooperation in all academic and scientific fields of mutual interest and to advance the training of young researchers. The MoU is valid for a duration of 5 years.
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  • On 15 February, Shimpei Futatani gave an Intensive Course entitled “Introduction to the MHD dynamics in fusion plasmas” at the Graduate School of Sokendai University-NIFS, Japan.
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  • On 16 February, Xavier Sáez gave a talk titled “Supercomputing for Fusion Energy Applications” during the course “HPC-based simulations, Engineering and Environment” at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). This course was a PATC Course (PRACE Advanced Training Centers).
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  • From 1 to 3 March, Shimpei Futatani gave an Intensive Course entitled “Non-linear MHD simulations of ELM dynamics in fusion plasmas” at Kyushu University, Japan.
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  • From 13 to 24 March, Mervi Mantsinen and Dani Gallart took part in the EUROfusion modelling and analysis tasks at the Culham Science Center, Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. In particular, they collaborated in the preparedness of fusion simulation codes to simulate plasmas with tritium in preparation of the next campaigns at the JET tokamak.
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  • On 15 March, Mervi Mantsinen joined the Editorial Board of Plasma journal published by MDPI. Plasma is a new open-access, cross-disciplinary scholarly journal of scientific studies related to all aspects of plasma science, such as plasma physics, plasma chemistry and space plasma.
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  • On 7 April, the project ZONALGENE was awarded with computing time as one of 59 succesfull proposals amongst the 117 proposals submitted in the 14th Call for PRACE Project Access. Our group collaborates in this project, led by Jeronimo Garcia (CEA, France), to perform non-linear analysis of zonal flow generation in magnetically confined plasmas on the new MareNostrum supercomputer.
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  • From 17 to 21 April, Shimpei Futatani participated the ITPA Meeting of Pedestal Edge Physics Group at York Plasma Institute. He gave an oral presentation on his work “Non-linear MHD modelling of pellet triggered ELMs” and presented the latest result of pellet ELM control in ITER.
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  • On 20 April, Xavier Sáez attended the bi-annual meeting of the EUROfusion High Level Support Team (HLST) in the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany. He presented the work developed in the group to improve the performance of SFINCS and FELTOR codes.
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  • From 24 to 25 April, Donald Spong from the Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, visited our group under the Severo Ochoa mobility program of Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). He collaborates on the modelling of Alfven eigenmodes in three-dimensional magnetic geometries.
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  • From 24 April to 7 May, Hauke Doerk from the Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP), Germany, visited our group under the Severo Ochoa mobility program of Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). He collaborates in the field of nonlinear electromagnetic microturbulence stabilization by fast ions.
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  • From 26 to 28 April, Mervi Mantsinen participated in the 18th Meeting of ITPA Topical Group on Energetic Particles, Seville University, Spain.
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  • From 2 to 4 May, three members of our group participated in the 4th Severo Ochoa Doctoral Symposium . Allah Rakha presented a poster titled “Simulations of Alfvénic Modes in TJ-II Stellarator” and Felipe Nathan de Oliveira presented a poster titled “Stabilization of microturbulence by fast ions”. Furthermore, Marc Eixarch was volunteer to help organizing the event.
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  • From 8 to 12 May, our group leader Mervi Mantsinen worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP) at Garching, Germany, where she participated in the experimental campaign on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak as part of the 2017 EUROfusion Medium Size Tokamak (MST1) campaigns.
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  • From 11 to 12 May, the group participated in the annual retreat of the Department of Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (CASE) in Altafulla, Spain. The program consisted of speeches, discussions and scientific speed-dating to give an overview of the present activities and to boost collaborations between the different groups of the department.
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  • From 15 to 18 May, our group participated in PRACEdays’17. Felipe Nathan de Oliveira won the PRACE award to the best poster with name “Nonlinear electromagnetic stabilization of ITG micro-turbulence by ICRF-driven fast ions in ASDEX Upgrade”. Shimpei Futatani gave a talk as invited speaker on the Energy & Particle Physics workshop with the title “High Performance Computing for Non-linear MHD Simulations of Pellet Triggered ELMs in Fusion Devices”. Albert Gutiérrez presented a poster titled “Development of a new deterministic neutron transport code for fusion applications”.
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  • From 17 to 31 May, our fusion group contributed with three lectures to the Fusion Technology Course of the Nuclear Engineering Master organized by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. Shimpei Futatani gave a lecture entitled “Introduction to the MHD dynamics in fusion plasmas”, Mervi Mantsinen gave a lecture entitled “Ion Cyclotron Resonance Frequency (ICRF) Heating in Fusion Plasmas” and Xavier Sáez gave a lecture entitled “Simulation codes in Fusion Technology”.
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  • On 29 May and 3 July, Shimpei Futatani visited ITER to discuss the physics of pellet ELM control in ITER. He discussed the development of JOREK code which solves non-linear 3D MHD physics.
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  • From 30 May to 2 June, Dani Gallart and Mervi Mantsinen attended the 22nd Topical Conference on Radiofrequency Power in Plasmas organized by the Institut de Recherche sur la Fusion par confinement Magnétique (IRFM), France. They presented their research results on the experiments and modelling of heating fusion fuel with waves in the ion cyclotron range of frequencies (ICRF) for high-fusion performance on the JET tokamak. They also coauthored further two invited talks and one poster contribution by Drs Philippe Jacquet, Jef Ongena and Yevgen Kazakov et al. on JET ICRF results.
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  • From 6 to 8 June, Mervi Mantsinen participated in the Workshop on Ion Cyclotron Resonance Frequency Heating (ICRH) scenarios for ITER organized at ITER Headquarters, France. Mervi gave a talk entitled “ICRF scenarios in Deuterium-Tritium plasmas: results from JET DTE1 and preparations of JET DTE2 with extrapolation to ITER” and chaired one of the two session on “Predictive modelling of ICRF scenarios”.
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  • From 6 to 8 June, Marc Eixarch and Stephan Mohr from the Material Science Group at BSC participated in the EUROfusion WPMAT-IREMEV meeting at Rudjer Boskovic Institute (RBI), Zagreb. They gave a talk entitled “Linear scaling DFT simulations for large systems – application to vacancy defects in W” where they presented new results on linear scaling Density Functional Theory (DFT) calculations for metals using the BigDFT code.
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  • On June, Mervi Mantsinen and Dani Gallart participated in the paper “Efficient generation of energetic ions in multi-ion plasmas by radio-frequency heating” published on the Nature Physics website. This study was a collaborative effort between EU and US scientists together with contributions from a large number of international institutions.
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  • From 19 to 23 June, Shimpei Futatani worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), Garching, where he participated in the experimental campaign on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak as part of the 2017 EUROfusion Medium Size Tokamak (MST1) campaigns.
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  • On 26 June, the Catalan TV Channel 33 interviewed Mervi Mantsinen regarding to the prospects of fusion energy and its potential impact on society. The programme was a part of the documentary series “El dia de demà” which investigates and discusses many possible future scenarios, ranging from education to energy sources, through the point of view of experts.
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  • From 26 to 30 June, Mervi Mantsinen, Shimpei Futatani and Nathan Oliveira de Lopes participated in the 44th European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics in Belfast, Northern Ireland. Mervi gave a talk entitled “Optimising the use of ICRF waves in JET hybrid plasmas for high fusion yield” and Shimpei and Nathan presented posters entitled Non-linear MHD Simulations of Pellet Triggered ELM for ITER Plasma Scenarios” and “Nonlinear electromagnetic stabilization of ITG microturbulence by ICRF-driven fast ions in ASDEX Upgrade”, respectively.
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  • From 10 to 14 July, Dani Gallart participated in the Analysis and Modelling task of JET at Culham Centre of Fusion Energy (CCFE), UK.
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  • From 17 to 21 July, Dani Gallart participated in the 36th Bienal de la Real Sociedad Española de Física in Santiago de Compostela, Spain. He contributed with a paper entitled “Heating modelling and extrapolation of hybrid plasmas at JET”.
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  • From 24 to 28 July, Dani Gallart and Mervi Mantsinen participated in the ASDEX Upgrade (AUG) Experimental Campaign at Max Planck Institute of Plasma Physics (IPP), Germany.
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  • On 7 September, Felipe Nathan de Oliveira completed his Master’s Degree in Nuclear Engineering at UPC after presenting successfully his Master thesis, titled “Non linear electromagnetic stabilization of microturbulence by fast ions”.
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  • On 8 September, Marc Eixarch completed his Master’s Degree in Modeling for Science and Engineering at UAB after presenting successfully his Master thesis, titled “Electronic structure simulations for large metallic systems”.
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  • From 25 to 29 September, Albert Gutiérrez participated in the 13th International Symposium on Fusion Nuclear Technology Kyoto, Japan. He presented a poster entitled “New High Performance Computing Software for Multiphysics Simulations of Fusion Reactors“.
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  • On 28 September, Shimpei Futatani gave a talk titled “Non-linear MHD simulations of ELM control via pellet injection in fusion plasmas” as an invited speaker in the 11th RES Users’ Meeting and 6th HPC Advisory Council Conference at Santiago de Compostela, Spain.
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  • From 2 to 13 October, Shimpei Futatani participated in the Analysis and Modelling task of JET at Culham Centre of Fusion Energy (CCFE), UK.
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  • On 4 October, the project “JOREK_P: Non-linear simulations of pellet triggered ELM” was awarded with computing time on Marconi-Fusion as one of the 46 successful proposals amongst the 84 proposals submitted in the 15th Call for PRACE Project Access. This project is led by our Fusion group member Shimpei Futatani in close collaboration with ITER to study magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) instabilities at the plasma boundary called Edge Localized Modes (ELMs).
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  • From 9 to 12 October, Allah Rakha participated in the 17th European Fusion Theory Conference (EFTC) in Athens. He presented his results through a poster titled Modelling of Alfvén modes properties in TJ-II plasmas.
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  • From 9 to 13 October, Mervi Mantsinen, Shimpei Futatani and Dani Gallart participated in the General Planning Meeting (GPM) at Culham Centre of Fusion Energy (CCFE), UK. Many aspects of the following JET campaigns were discussed at this meeting.
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  • From 16 to 20 October, Shimpei Futatani worked at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasma Physics (IPP), Garching, where he participated in the experimental campaign on the ASDEX Upgrade tokamak as part of the 2017 EUROfusion Medium Size Tokamak (MST1) campaigns.
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  • From 23 to 27 October, Shimpei Futatani participated in the 59th Annual Meeting of the APS Division of Plasma Physics (APS-DPP2017) at Milwaukee, USA. He presented his work in a talk titled “Non-linear MHD simulations of pellet triggered ELM for ITER plasma scenarios”.
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  • From 23 October to 3 November, Dr. Sergei Sharapov from Culham Center for Fusion Energy, UK, visited our group under the Severo Ochoa mobility programme to collaborate on the modelling of Alfvenic instabilities in the TJ-II discharges. He also delivered a talk entitled “Magnetic nuclear fusion and fast ion driven Alfvén instabilities”.
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  • On 2 November, the project “Non-linear MHD modelling of pellet injection for ELM control in fusion plasmas” of Shimpei Futatani (PI) awarded the computing time in the period P3 2017 of RES (Red Española de Supercomputación).
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  • From 6 to 17 November, Dani Gallart, Mervi Mantsinen (only from 13th to 17th) and Shimpei Futatani participated in the Analysis and Modelling task of JET and the MST1 General Planning Meeting (GPM) at Culham Centre of Fusion Energy (CCFE), UK.
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  • On 16 November, Mervi Mantsinen, Shimpei Futatani and Dani Gallart visited to Tokamak Energy facilities at Oxfordshire, UK.
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  • On 7 December, Mervi Mantsinen participated as the chair of the Magnetic Confinement Plasma subpanel in the Programme Committee Meeting of the 45th European Physical Society Conference of Plasma Physics at Culham, UK. In the meeting, the plenary and invited talks for this conference that will take place in Prague from 2nd to 6th July 2018 were selected.
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  • On 18 December, Shimpei Futatani visited ITER, France, to discuss the physics of pellet ELM control in ITER. He discussed the development of JOREK code which solves non-linear 3D MHD physics.
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  • On 18 December, Mervi Mantsinen received a distinction in the 12th Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) Annual Meeting as ICREA Research Professor in the centre. The award consisted in an original MareNostrum 1 node personalized.
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  • On 21 December, Albert Gutiérrez was awarded with an 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”. This year more than 40 people applied and only 20 people were selected for an EEG. The grant starts on 1st January 2018 with a duration of three years.

2016

  • On 24 January, this blog started its activity in order to foster the dissemination of research in the group and to provide information about the current status of fusion field in the world.
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  • On 25 January, Xavier Sáez presented his PhD dissertation titled “Particle-in-Cell Algorithms for Plasma Simulations on Heterogeneous Architectures” at Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC). The presentation was focused on the PIC codes research on trending hardware architectures and new programming models.
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  • From 15 to 26 February, Allah Rakha visited the JET tokamak located at Culham Centre of Fusion Energy (CCFE), UK, to collaborate with Sergei Sharapov on the modelling of JET plasmas. This visit was carried out under the EUROfusion JET experimental campaign.
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  • On 17 February, AcademiaNet webpage wrote an article titled “Fusion Research on the Rise” which mentioned the group leader Mervi Mantsinen. Other physics professors referenced were Sibylle Günter, Ursel Fantz and Tünde Fülöp.
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  • On 18 February, Xavier Sáez gave a talk titled “Supercomputing for Fusion Energy Applications” during the course “HPC-based simulations, Engineering and Environment” at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). This course was a PATC Course (PRACE Advanced Training Centers).
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  • From 4 to 8 April, Allah Rakha participated with theory group for the modelling of 3D physics of Alfvenic activity in the flexible Heliac TJ-II at Madrid, Spain. He also had the opportunity to visite the TJ-II reactor.
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  • From 4 to 12 April, Mervi Mantsinen visited the JET tokamak at Culham, United Kingdom, to take part in the EUROfusion experimental JET campaign. Unfortunately, the experiments that she was coordinating could not go ahead due to technical problems with the machine.
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  • On 13 April, Shimpei Futatani visited the INRIA Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France, to participate in the 2nd JOREK General Meeting which involved presentations and discussions about JOREK code. Shimpei presented his recent work of the ELM triggering by a pellet in ASDEX Upgrade plasma.
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  • On 15 April, Xavier Sáez gave a lecture titled “Simulation codes in Fusion Technology” as part of the Fusion Technology Course of the Nuclear Engineering Master organized by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. This lecture was focused on High Performance Computing in the fusion research field.
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  • From 4 to 6 May, the group participated in the 3rd BSC International Doctoral Symposium. Albert Gutiérrez an Daniel Gallart presented posters entitled “Reproducing crowd turbulence with Verlet integration and agent modeling” and “Extrapolations of the fusion performance in JET”, respectively. Carles Riera and Felipe Nathan were part of the Organizing Committee as volunteers, and Mervi Mantsinen chaired the first talk session.
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  • From 19 to 20 May, the group was off to Altafulla, Tarragona, for the annual retreat of the Department of Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (CASE). The program consisted of speeches, discussions and scientific speed-dating to give an overview of the present activities and to boost collaborations between the different groups of the department.
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  • From 23 to 27 May, Carles Riera attended the XI ITER Neutronics Meeting organized by the Fusion Neutronics Group of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) in Karlsruhe, Germany. Approximately 110 experts from around the world attended the meeting.
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  • From 7 to 9 June, Mervi Mantsinen and the BSC researchers Georg Huhs and Stephan Mohr participated in a EUROfusion meeting on fusion materials at the University of Alicante, Spain. During the meeting they presented the recent advances developed in large-scale atomistic materials modeling at Barcelona Supercomputer Center (BSC).
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  • On 28 June, Dani Gallart received one of the prestigious grants from “La Caixa” in order to support his PhD studies, devoted to plasma heating using ICRF waves, in our group during a period of four years.
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  • From 1 to 6 July, Donald A. Spong from Oak Ridge National Laboratory, USA, visited our group to collaborate with Allah Rakha on 3D simulations of Alfvenic instabilities. He gave a lecture entitled “Alfven spectra and energetic particle driven instabilities in 3D configurations” during his stay.
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  • From 4 to 8 July, our group attended the 43rd European Physical Society Conference on Plasma Physics in Leuven, Belgium. Shimpei Futatani gave a talk titled “Non-linear MHD Simulations of Pellet Triggered ELMs in JET and ASDEX Upgrade tokamaks”, Dani Gallart presented his work “Simulations of combined ICRF and NBI heating for high fusion performance in JET” and Mervi Mantsinen presented “Third harmonic ICRF heating of deuterium beam ions on ASDEX Upgrade” and also chaired one of the sessions of the meeting.
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  • From 10 to 15 July, Carles Riera took part in the PlasmaSurf Summer School 2016 organized by Instituto de Plasmas e Fusão Nuclear in Oeiras, Portugal. Apart from the theoretical classes and various outdoor activities, he had the chance to visit the ISTTOK tokamak and the Laboratory for Intense Lasers.
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  • From 5 to 8 September, Felipe Nathan de Oliveira presented a poster titled “Modeling of 3He minority heating and transport levels in AUG discharges with large core ion temperature gradient” in the 21th Joint EU-US Transport Task Force Meeting, held in Leysin, Switzerland.
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  • On 9 September, Carles Riera, successfully presented his Master thesis, titled “Development of a Deterministic Neutron Transport Code Based on the Alya System at Barcelona Supercomputing Center”. The oral exposition took place at the Faculty of Sciences of Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Spain.
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  • On 26 September, Allah Rakha and Dani Gallart defended succesfully their PhD research plans at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC), Barcelona, Spain. Allah Rakha studies fast ions physics and Alfven eigenmodes while Dani Gallart devotes his studies to plasma heating with ion cyclotron resonance frequency (ICRF) waves.
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  • On 30 September, our fusion group hosted a meeting on Monte-Carlo Random Numbers with a multidisciplinary group of experts from the Institute of Photonic Sciences ICFO, Spain; National Institute for Fusion Science NIFS, Japan; CIEMAT Fusion National Laboratory and Barcelona Supercomputing Center.
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  • On 5 October, Mervi Mantsinen attended EUROfusion HPC Allocation Committee meeting at CINECA, Bologna, Italy. The meeting was to evaluate the Cycle 1 proposals for Marconi-Fusion supercomputer.
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  • On 6 October, Xavier Sáez visited the Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik, Garching, Germany, to participate in the meeting of the EUROfusion High Level Support Team (HLST). Xavier presented the work developed in the group to improve the performance of SFINCS code.
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  • From 10 October to 4th November, Mervi Mantsinen and Dani Gallart took part in the C36b experimental campaign of the JET tokamak at the Culham Center for Fusion Energy, UK. Mervi was one of the four scientific coordinators of experiment M15-02 which lasted nine sessions (4.5 operational days) and developed the so-called hybrid plasma scenario for the forthcoming JET campaign.
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  • From 17 to 22 October, Shimpei Futatani attended the 26th IAEA Fusion Energy Conference in Kyoto, Japan. Shimpei has presented his work “Non-linear MHD modelling of pellet triggered ELMs” at the meeting.
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  • From 24 to 26 October, Shimpei Futatani gave an oral presentation on his work “JOREK modelling of pellet triggered ELMs” at the ITPA Meeting in Naka, Japan.
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  • From 27 October to 17 November, Shimpei Futatani visited the Kyoto University, Japan, under international collaboration on stellarator research of the EUROfusion Stellarator Optimization Work Package (WPS2).
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  • From 2 to 4 November, Felipe Nathan de Oliveira attended the “HPC methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics and Astrophysics” workshop held at CINECA, Bologna, Italy.
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  • From 14 to 18 November, Mervi Mantsinen and Felipe Nathan de Oliveira participated in the 2017 Planning meeting of EUROfusion Work Package on Medium Size Tokamaks (WP MST1) at the Max-Planck Institute for Plasmaphysics, Garching, Germany. In her presentation Mervi reviewed the past activities and discussed her views and visions for the coming years.
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  • On 24 November, Nature published an article on how Catalonia has succeed keeping a high research level getting over budget cuts of 39%. The article, titled “Staying a steady course through the storm“, does a special mention to our center describing its research and supercomputing facilities, and to our Computer Applications in Science and Engineering (CASE) department as devoted to industry collaboration.
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  • On 12 December, Felipe Nathan de Oliveira was mentioned in the December’s edition of the EUROfusion‘s Newsletter. Concretely, he appeared in the article “How to tame plasma turbulence” that explains the research done by the fusion community on Plasma Turbulence using as an example the last Transport Task Force Meeting where he was a participant.
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  • On 23 December, our group had the opportunity to attend the presentation of the new supercomputer MareNostrum4 that will be installed at Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC). The event counted with the participation of the companies that collaborate in the start-up of the new machine: IBM, Intel, Lenovo and Fujitsu.

 

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