Thursday, December 18, 2008

Argonne National Lab + Nuclear Simulations

A quick glance at some nuclear news showed this:

Basically, the Blue Gene/P system at ANL allows for extremely large simulations to be run. For nuclear engineering, this is a valuable tool for investigating the coupled physics in reactors without actually doing an experiment.

I've seen talks by Dr. Siegel--one of the investigators--and he puts it best, saying essentially that large scale simulations will never replace experiments; however, they will help to us use the analytic tools available to zero in on those designs, parameters, etc. that would be most valuable to investigate experimentally.

1 comment:

Em V said...

Jeremy! You are no longer at the bottom of my list for updates! It's been 4 months. :)