Despite exponential advances in computing power, many physical processes are still problematic relative to modeling and simulation. Fusion energy is one of those processes. But coupled computer codes and the promising power of exascale computing could bring commercial fusion power more within reach.
An article by Jon Bashor of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Computing Sciences examines the need for exascale computing power to advance research on fusion reactor design and highlights the potential for collaboration with industry partners who will require this kind of power.
Using supercomputers to model and simulate plasma behavior, scientists have made great strides toward building a working fusion reactor. Exascale systems will bring the promise of fusion energy closer.