Scientific Computation Application Partnerships in Fusion Energy Sciences

The SciDAC Partnership with FES emphasizes increased integration and whole-device modeling.


DOE Program Managers

John Mandrekas
Fusion Energy Sciences (FES)

Randall Laviolette
Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR)


Current Projects

AToM: Advanced Tokamak Modeling Environment
This project aims to support, integrate, and build upon a wide spectrum of existing research activities in the US fusion program, and guide the integration of HPC resources to enable a broad range of new physics capabilities.

Lead Investigator: Jeff Candy
General Atomics

Center for Integrated Simulation of Fusion Relevant RF Actuators
This project aims to develop a new simulation capability which will make it possible for the first time ever to answer critical questions relating to how RF power modifies properties of the scrape-off- layer, and how in turn the scrape-off- layer affects the propagation and absorption of RF waves.

Lead Investigator: Paul Bonoli
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Center for Tokamak Transients Simulations (CTTS)
This project aims to develop and apply simulation software to improve our understanding of and ability to predict and control transient events in tokamak discharges, particularly those that lead to violent disruptions.

Lead Investigator: Stephen Jardin
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

ISEP: Integrated Simulation of Energetic Particles in Burning Plasmas
The goal of this project is to develop predictive capability for assessing the effects of energetic particles on the performance of the burning plasmas in ITER.

Lead Investigator: Zhihong Lin
University of California, Irvine

Partnership Center for High-fidelity Boundary Plasma Simulation
This project aims to develop advanced fusion simulation codes based upon first-principles physical models to provide insight into edge plasma physics in magnetic fusion devices.

Lead Investigator: C.-S. Chang
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Partnership for Multiscale Gyrokinetic (MGK) Turbulence
This project aims to tackle the challenges related to first-principles based whole device modeling by applying high-fidelity gyrokinetic simulations to ‘frontier’ transport problems.

Lead Investigator: David Hatch
University of Texas, Austin

Plasma Surface Interactions: Predicting the Performance and Impact of Dynamic PFC Surfaces
The objective of this project is to develop, and integrate, high-performance simulation tools capable of predicting plasma facing component (PFC) operating lifetime and the impact of the evolving surface morphology and composition of tungsten-based PFCs on plasma contamination, including the dynamic recycling of fuel species and tritium retention, in future magnetic fusion devices.

Lead Investigator: Brian Wirth
Oak Ridge National Laboratory

Simulation Center for Runaway Electron Avoidance and Mitigation (SCREAM)
This project aims to combine advanced simulation and analysis capability with theoretical models and code development to advance our understanding of the physics of the relativistic runaway electron phenomenon.

Lead Investigator: Dylan Brennan
Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

Tokamak Disruption Simulation
This project aims to simulate the strongly coupled, nonlinear physical phenomena in plasma disruptions.

Lead Investigator: Xianzhu Tang
Los Alamos National Laboratory