Journée de clôture du projet AMIDEX - Emergence et Innovation Kinetic Fluid Computing


Thursday 07 July 2016, 9h00 - 18h00
Journée de clôture du projet AMIDEX - Emergence et Innovation Kinetic Fluid Computing


Jeudi 7 juillet 2016, de 9h à 18h, à l'IMéRA

Entrée libre.


Contact : Eric Serre, DR CNRS, Laboratoire M2P2 UMR 7340 -


The perspective of ITER, currently being built in Cadarache (south France), and within a shorter time frame, the setting up of an ITER-like full tungsten divertor in the Tore Supra tokamak at the CEA-Cadarache (WEST project,, convey strong signals to both Aix-Marseilles University (AMU) and the Institut de Recherche sur la Fusion Magnétique at CEA (IRFM) to move one step forward and intensify their collaboration in research on magnetized fusion plasmas. The present project that gathers researchers from IRFM, Ecole Centrale Marseille and from four laboratories of the University (CPT (Centre de Physique Théorique), I2M (Institut de Mathématiques de Marseille), M2P2 (Modélisation, Mécanique et Procédés Propres), and PIIM (Physique des Interactions Ioniques et Moléculaires)) can be a strong asset of this dynamics. It aspires not only to sustain but also develop and integrate further the modelling and simulations efforts carried out by the researchers in order to remain at the forefronts of international community. We are interested by two of the most crucial issues regarding on the performance of future magnetic confinement fusion devices are the control of heat and particle fluxes on the divertor targets and the quality of plasma confinement in the reactor. This calls for an improvement of our capability to predict both turbulent and magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) transport.  We will focus during these two years on specific problems raised by coupling fluid and kinetic effects in the descriptions of the plasma. We will investigate the integration of fluid closures and kinetic ingredients in the new generation of numerical tools developed between AMU and IRFM. These codes solve conservative equations related to complementary models of increasing complexity, and allow to address most of the aspect of turbulent and MHD transport both in the core and in the edge of tokamaks. Neutral physics and the dynamics of fast and energetic particles will form the associated physics. This work will be associated to a strong High Performance Computing (HPC) effort based on the exploration of original numerical methods and hardware, and focused on the AMU computing Centre equip@meso. The link with measurements interpretation on further diagnostics implemented on WEST will be also investigated.