Presentation

Overview

The current rate of fossil fuel usage and its serious adverse environmental impacts (pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, …) leads to an energy crisis accompanied by potentially disastrous global climate changes. The research of alternative energy sources is thus of crucial importance. Controlled fusion is one of the most promising alternatives to the use of fossil resources, potentially with a unlimited source of fuel.
Controlled nuclear fusion can be considered as an example of grand challenge in many fields of computational sciences from physical modeling, mathematical and numerical analysis to algorithmic and software development and several Inria teams and their partners are developing mathematical and numerical tools in these areas.
The goal of FRATRES is to organize these developments on a collaborative basis in order to overcome the current limitations of today numerical methodologies. The ambition is to prepare the next generation of numerical modeling methodologies able to use in an optimal way the processing capabilities of modern massively parallel architectures.
This objective requires close collaboration between a) applied mathematicians and physicists that develop and study mathematical models of PDE; b) numerical analysts developing approximation schemes;  c) specialists of algorithmic proposing solvers and libraries using the many levels of parallelism offered by the modern architecture and d) computer scientists. The project will contribute in close connection with National and European initiatives devoted to nuclear Fusion to the improvement and design of numerical simulation technologies applied to plasma physics and in particular to the ITER project for magnetic confinement fusion.

Research directions

  • Mathematical models and analysis
  • Development of innovative numerical methods
  • Numerical solvers and optimization

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