Lots of flops for European fusion research

On January 9, the new European Gateway Computer was inaugurated at IPP in Garching. The Gateway is a five teraflop computer cluster, funded by EFDA and hosted by IPP. EFDA also covers one fifth of the hosting and operation costs. Gateway is dedicated to the common development of the European simulation platform for fusion modelling, which is coordinated by the EFDA Integrated Tokamak Modelling Task Force (ITM-TF). This platform is designed to allow for simulations of the complex behaviour of fusion plasmas to be executed on high performance computers (HPC) or distributed clusters (GRID). The Gateway’s predecessor, operated by ENEA in Portici, Italy, was shut down at the end of 2012 after five years of successful operation. Meanwhile, all data has been transferred to Garching and the new Gateway will be operational by the end of January 2013.

The Gateway is one of the computer resources Fusion researchers currently use, which includes also the High Performance Computer for Fusion (HPC-FF) at Forschungszentrum Jülich, (100 teraflops peak performance). HPC-FF will be shut down later this year. The community has also access to the super computer HELIOS (about one petaflop), a Japanese-European facility, which has started operation last year at the International Fusion Energy Research Center in Rokkasho, Japan. The use of HELIOS by the European fusion community is managed via Fusion for Energy and EFDA.