Fusion Simulation Program


The Fusion Simulation Program (FSP) will provide the capability to confidently predict toroidal magnetic confinement fusion device behavior with comprehensive and targeted science-based simulations of nonlinearly-coupled phenomena in the core plasma, edge plasma, and wall region on time and space scales required for fusion energy production.

Integrate the knowledge from key multi-scale physical processes to continually improve fidelity for extending whole-device modeling capabilities beyond current applicability domains.

Produce a framework in which physics component-codes interact efficiently to enable unprecedented capabilities to compute experimental observables, interpret experimental data, and explore the consequences of theoretical models.

Incorporate modern software engineering and software quality assurance to ensure the reliability, robustness, and ease-of-use of the tools that are developed.

Create the most advanced suite of predictive codes under a unified framework and distribute it to and provide support for the fusion community to maximize US investments in experimental facilities (especially, ITER) and in HPC resources (especially, the Leadership Class Facilities) to produce the scientific basis for an economically and environmentally attractive source of energy.



The goal of the Fusion Simulation Program (FSP) is to enable scientific discovery of important new plasma phenomena with associated understanding that emerges only upon integration.   This requires developing a  predictive integrated simulation capability for magnetically-confined fusion plasmas that are properly validated against experiments in regimes relevant for producing practical fusion energy.





Last Update: September 30, 2010