The National Institute for Computational Sciences

An International Award is One of the Summer's Successes for NICS

By Scott Gibson

As the summer of 2013 reaches its unofficial conclusion with the start of school and the arrival of Labor Day, stopping for a moment to reflect on the successes of the season that just ended seems appropriate. Among the many accomplishments of the staff at the National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) were fruitful internships, enlightening talks and international recognition for excellence.

During the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference (ISC’13) in Leipzig, Germany — which drew 2,423 attendees from 47 nations, as well as 153 leading high-performance-computing vendors and research organizations from around the world — NICS’ Vince Betro and Mark Fahey won the award for Best Poster. Their entry, about running the tokamak plasma code called GYRO on several generations of Cray computers, was judged to be the best by a panel of conference organizers. A tokamak, which employs a magnetic field to control plasma, is of great interest to researchers relative to the production of controlled thermonuclear fusion power, a possible alternative to fossil fuels. GYRO is a code used for the direct numerical simulation of plasma microturbulence, a phenomenon that needs to be understood because of its role as an enduring adversary of magnetic fusion-energy experiments.

Betro and Fahey gave a full-length presentation on their poster’s subject matter. The abstract is provided below.

Article posting date: 30 August 2013

About NICS: The National Institute for Computational Sciences (NICS) operates the University of Tennessee supercomputing center, funded in part by the National Science Foundation. NICS is a major partner in NSF’s Extreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment, known as XSEDE. The Remote Data Analysis and Visualization Center (RDAV) is a part of NICS.