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In planning the FSP, Arnold Kritz and David Keyes, and the committee they are co-chairing, will organize community based committees and panels to address a range of issues. One panel, Project Structure and Management, will consider the general management structure of the project. Gantt charts will be established for the project along with a process for ensuring that deadlines are met. The task of coordination and management of geographically distributed teams will be examined. The interaction of the planned Fusion Simulation Project with other related national and international projects will be studied. Consideration will be given to problem of how to proceed with a mainline FSP project while allowing for alternative approaches.

A key issue that will be studied will be the by a panel organized by the FSP committee is the Integration and Management of Code Components. This will require establishing the FSP scope particularly in terms of ITER requirements such as discharge scenario planning, real-time feedback control, and interpretation of diagnostics. Component coupling and framework issues will be considered. For a successful FSP project it is important that project phasing be planned in detail with thought given to the appropriate duration of each phase as well as the sequencing of various phases. Procedures will be established for validation and verification of the code to be produced by the FSP project, code version control and management, and FSP coding standards.

Another panel that will be organized by the FSP committee is a panel to study the Status of the Physics Components available for inclusion in the FSP code, particularly in terms of completeness and robustness. Some of the topics that will be addressed are neutral beam injection, radio frequency and nuclear heating, current drive, fueling, transport and turbulence, large-scale instabilities, plasma edge, wall and atomic physics, and feedback control. Consideration will be given to steps required to provide the physics content needed for the FSP code that is either missing or incomplete.

Finally, a panel will be established to carry out a study and evaluation of the Status of the Required Computational and Applied Mathematics Tools, particularly with regard to numerical algorithms (discretization, adaptivity, solution, and optimization), data handling, graphics and visualization, scalability to highest-end platforms, performance evaluation and performance engineering.