Joanne Chorley

Durham University

I am studying as part of the DTN under the supervision of Ray Sharples (Durham), Nigel Dipper (Durham) and Rob Akers (CCFE). My PhD is on Plasma Simulations on Emerging Hardware Architectures. This project will investigate the potential of new hardware acceleration technologies such as field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and graphics processing units (GPUs) to provide a step-change in the capability of plasma simulations to model realistic physical phenomena in fusion tokamaks. This will include the use of GPUs to accelerate the processing of raw data from a microwave electron Bernstein wave (EBW) diagnostic. In the area of neutronics, a GPU based solution to the Bateman equations using the matrix exponential method is being investigated to provide acceleration of a neutronics simulation code. Additionally, an appraisal of dataflow programming architectures applied to common high performance computing problems such as massive matrix-matrix multiplications is underway which could prove to be beneficial for many plasma simulation codes.