Hot & cool: tackling the Fusion grand challenge with AI and HPC

General interest seminar

Hot & cool: tackling the Fusion grand challenge with AI and HPC

  • Event time: 5:00pm until 6:00pm
  • Event date: 27th October 2022
  • Speaker: (UK Atomic Energy Authority )
  • Location: Lecture theatre A, , KB

Event details


Lorenzo Zanisi from UK Atomic Energy Authority 


Hot & cool: tackling the Fusion grand challenge with AI and HPC

Fusion holds the promise to deliver carbon free, almost limitless amounts of energy to power our world. A promising avenue to achieve Fusion is the Tokamak, a doughnut-shaped machine where plasma, a quasi-neutral ionised gas, is confined by means of magnetic fields. The UK has the ambition to deliver the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP) by 2040 - this will be a fully working Fusion power plant. A number hurdles still need to be overcome on the way to making Fusion a reality. However, we now have access to some powerful tools unavailable to the scientists and engineers of the past: modern AI and exascale HPC solutions may just finally unlock commercial Fusion power. In this talk I will introduce some of the challenges that are unique to Fusion, and will showcase how these are approached with a holistic view at the UK Atomic Energy Authority. I will then take a dive into our efforts within the Advanced Computing Department to tame Fusion using HPC and AI.

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Meet us at 16.30 outside Lecture Theatre A for tea and cakes prior to the talk.


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