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FSP Workshop Report

FSP FESAC Presentation June 16th, 2007

FSP FESAC Presentation March 2nd, 2007

The primary objective of the Fusion Simulation Project (FSP) is to create high-performance software to carry out comprehensive predictive integrated modeling simulations, with high physics fidelity, relevant to ITER and other toroidal fusion devices. Leadership class computers will be used to facilitate this objective. The planned FSP project will have a fifteen year timeline, with specific required key deliverables achieved at the end of five, ten, and fifteen years. The time scale and scope of the project are dictated by the needs of ITER. The expectation is that each phase of the planned project will produce important new scientific insights – the accelerated achievement of which will require the development of the necessary mathematical framework and algorithms.

The FSP Workshop was held May 16-18, 2007 in Rockville, MD.  The workshop was organized in terms of four panels consisting of a total of 45 scientists from the physics, applied mathematics, and computer science communities, representing 20 institutions.  There were approximately 75 attendees at the workshop. The result of the workshop is a report that contains the conclusions and recommendations of the panels.

At the request of Dr. Raymond Orbach, Under Secretary for Science, the Fusion Energy Science Advisory Committee (FESAC} has appointed a committee to review the FSP Workshop report in order to enable FESAC to make recommendations concerning implementation of the Fusion Simulation Project.  The Review Committee will report to FESAC at the next FESAC meeting on October 23, 2007.

The FSP Workshop was patterned after DOE-BES Workshops that had previously taken place, http://www.sc.doe.gov/BES/reports/list.html. The FSP panels focused on Project Structure and Management, Scientific Modeling Issues for Burning Plasma Experiments, Integration and Management of Code Components, and Mathematical and Computational Enabling Technologies.