Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Fusion Reactors are nearer thanks to the Grid

Today, from 11.00 to 15.50 (with lunch break in the middle) a Fusion Session is going to be held at Machiavelli Room.

We human beings are concerned about how actual energy production systems are contaminating our planet. A solution is to adopt Fusion power plants, which are still utopic... but not too much!

Many of the obstacles are about simulation of all situations that a reactor may encounter, in order to tune the working parameters an turn the following expression:

Energy Produced (less than) Energy Consumed

into something better like:

Energy Produced (great than) Energy Consumed

A factor for successful simulations is computational power. If a simulation algorithm can be parallelized, more simulations could me performed. Guess where Grid Computing gets into the scene? ;-)

My two cents in this Session (the one starting at 14:00) is the presentation of Vashra-T, a framework that enables the Grid execution of certain tasks pertaining to a great Fusion Physics code named ASTRA, which runs on a shared-memory machine with restrictions. In this case, Grid Computing and in particular, infrastructures like EGEE and GRIDIMadrid coordinatedly harnessed thanks to the GridWay Metascheduler, are helping to scale and speed up these calculations. This work is the result of a collaboration between our Research Group at UCM and the Spanish Fusion National Lab from CIEMAT.


Cristy Burne said...

Fusion will become one of grid computing's "killer apps"...

At dinner a couple of nights ago people were joking that fusion has always been 30 years away, but with the power of grid computing, we can now learn much more in a shorter time, and we're getting closer and closer to the goal. Imagine a source of safe, renewable energy with almost limitless potential and no pollution. I think it's almost my favorite grid application.

José Luis Vázquez-Poletti said...

Heh, you are talking to an Isaac Asimov and Jules Verne fan ;-).