Toward a first-principles integrated simulation of tokamak edge plasmas

C. S. Chang, S. Klasky, J. Cummings, R. Samtaney, A. Shoshani, L. Sugiyama, D. Keyes, S. Ku, G. Park, S. Parker, N. Podhorszki, H. Strauss, H. Abbasi, M. Adams, R. Barreto, G. Bateman, K. Bennett, Y. Chen, E. D'Azevedo, C. DocanS. Ethier, E. Feibush, L. Greengard, T. Hahm, F. Hinton, C. Jin, A. Khan, A. Kritz, P. Krsti, T. Lao, W. Lee, Z. Lin, J. Lofstead, P. Mouallem, M. Nagappan, A. Pankin, M. Parashar, M. Pindzola, C. Reinhold, D. Schultz, K. Schwan, D. Silver, A. Sim, D. Stotler, M. Vouk, M. Wolf, H. Weitzner, P. Worley, Y. Xiao, E. Yoon, D. Zorin

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Performance of the ITER is anticipated to be highly sensitive to the edge plasma condition. The edge pedestal in ITER needs to be predicted from an integrated simulation of the necessary first-principles, multi-scale physics codes. The mission of the SciDAC Fusion Simulation Project (FSP) Prototype Center for Plasma Edge Simulation (CPES) is to deliver such a code integration framework by (1) building new kinetic codes XGC0 and XGC1, which can simulate the edge pedestal buildup; (2) using and improving the existing MHD codes ELITE, M3D-OMP, M3D-MPP and NIMROD, for study of large-scale edge instabilities called Edge Localized Modes (ELMs); and (3) integrating the codes into a framework using cutting-edge computer science technology. Collaborative effort among physics, computer science, and applied mathematics within CPES has created the first working version of the End-to-end Framework for Fusion Integrated Simulation (EFFIS), which can be used to study the pedestal-ELM cycles.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number012042
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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