EPCC wins HPC Innovation Excellence Award

Author: Adrian Jackson
Posted: 24 Jun 2014 | 14:10

Electrostatic potential fluctuations in an annular region at mid-radius in the MAST tokamak, from a gyrokinetic simulation of the saturated turbulence using the GS2 code. A wedge of plasma has been removed from the visualisation so as to view the nature of the fluctuations inside the annulus.EPCC is delighted to be part of a team that has won an HPC Innovation Excellence Award. Presented at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC14) in Leipzig (22-26 June 2014), the awards recognise outstanding application of HPC Computing for Business and Scientific Achievements.

The award recognises work by David Dickinson from the University of York, myself and Joachim Hein at EPCC, and Colin Roach from Culham Centre for Fusion Energy (CCFE), on the plasma simulation code GS2, where the overall performance of the code has been greatly improved, reducing the runtime by a factor of 20 for large parallel simulations.

GS2 is an open source gyrokinetic simulation code that is extensively used in plasma physics research internationally to study the linear and non-linear dynamics of magnetically-confined plasma in laboratory and astrophysical situations.

More information can be found on the HPC User Forum, which organises these awards.  A press release with more detail on this round of the awards is available at HPC Wire.

Image shows electrostatic potential fluctuations in an annular region at mid-radius in the MAST tokamak, from a gyrokinetic simulation of the saturated turbulence using the GS2 code. A wedge of plasma has been removed from the visualisation so as to view the nature of the fluctuations inside the annulus.

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Adrian Jackson, EPCC