Supporting nuclear fusion energy research
GÉANT is essential link in search for clean, sustainable energy
ITER machine. ITER IO copyright.
GÉANT is providing data links to the International Fusion Energy Research Centre (IFERC) in Rokkasho, Japan. IFERC hosts the Helios supercomputer, a system with a compute power exceeding 1 PFlops and attached to a storage capacity of 50 PB. The Helios supercomputer is provided and operated by the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA), France and is a Fusion for Energy (F4E) resource. GÉANT is supplying a 10Gbps (10 Gigabits per second) link to connect Helios with scientists involved in ITER and DEMO, the demonstration fusion reactor which is considered the follow-on project* of ITER.
It is hoped, after the first fusion plasmas of ITER in Cadarache, France, planned for 2020 and beyond, that DEMO, an industrial demonstration fusion reactor, will lead to full-scale fusion energy reaching the commercial market in the second half of the century.
For more information, please see: GÉANT paves data highway for nuclear fusion energy research
See also: ITER