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Commercial exploitation of fusion energy still needs to solve several outstanding problems, some of which require a strong computing capacity.  The International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor (ITER), a joint international research and development project, aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power and could potentially produce 500 MW of power by 2016, although no commercial production of energy is envisaged in this device. The exploitation of ITER requires a modelling capability that is at the limit of the present state of the art and the same happens to other coming devices like the Wendelstain 7-X stellarator. Therefore, computing grids and high performance computers are basic tools for fusion research.

Presently several applications are already running on the EGEE grid, namely Massive Ray Tracing, Global Kinetic Transport and Stellarator optimisation, that have helped to open new avenues of research.  A number of new applications devoted to ITER simulation will be ported to the grid in close collaboration with the EUFORIA project.  Data management in large international experiments and the development of complex workflows are the activities that will complement grid computing.

Francisco Castejon (francisco.castejon(at)

CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain

Cluster Leader


Igor Semenov (semenov(at)

Kurchatov Institute, Moscow, Russia

Member of the Cluster Steering Committee


Pierrick Micout (pierrick.micout(at)

CEA, Cadarache, France

Member of the Cluster Steering Committee


Miguel Cardenas (miguel.cardenas(at)

CIEMAT, Madrid, Spain