On the path to answer to the energy demand all over the world?

The Commission has announced that it will allow an access to all the European researchers working in the sustainable energy (nuclear fusion)to the national supercomputers the more efficient in Europe (DEISA). The reason for this decision? A progress could be done in this field, creating a huge sustainable energy source, able to meet the energy demand all over the world

This will allow them to carry out complex parts of their work, such as simulations of a fusion reactor’s operation. DEISA, Europe’s distributed high-performance computing service, uses Europe’s GÉANT (MEMO/08/133), the world’s largest computer network to share the huge amounts of data and processing power of Europe’s supercomputers, and is receiving €26 million from the EU from 2004-2011. The scientists are part of an ongoing global research project, ITER (latin word for ‘the path’), that aims to demonstrate the potential of fusion power as a clean, safe and lasting power source. Possible sources of fusion fuel are widely available, and one gram of fuel could provide as much energy as 11 tons of coal. The Commission is promoting the researchers’ access to European supercomputing facilities to contribute to the work of ITER the world-wide fusion energy experiment that is being built in France.

fusion power, involves scientists from 25 European countries and all over the globe, and is being built in France (Cadarache, South of France).

Today the Commission announced it will give these scientists access to DEISA (Distributed European Infrastructure for Supercomputing Applications), Europe’s consortium of leading supercomputing centres, which will provide them with essential supercomputing services and support for fusion related simulations. Supercomputing simulations play a crucial role in the design of fusion power plants and optimise their performance during operation.

DEISA currently operates 12 of the world’s 100 most powerful supercomputers, providing Europe’s leading scientists with a powerful, unified and easy to use supercomputing environment.


The European Commission’s research programme funds efforts to optimise Europe’s best research infrastructures, to help create pan-European research interest to support the creation of novel research infrastructures and to help industry strengthen its knowledge base and technological know-how.

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The European Commission funded the DEISA project under research programmes from 2002-2006 and 2007-2013 with a total €26 million. DEISA is a consortium of leading national Supercomputing Centres in Europe to advance computational sciences in the area of supercomputing. The consortium operates a Europe-wide complex high performance computing infrastructure. More than 160 European research institutes and universities (and others from North and South America, Asia and Australia) use DEISA.

ITER is a joint international research project that aims to demonstrate the scientific and technical feasibility of fusion power. The partners in the project are the European Union (represented by EURATOM), Japan, China, India, the Republic of Korea, Russia and the USA. ITER will be constructed in the South of France (Cadarache). Europe is the leading partner contributing near half of the total resources both in terms of personnel and funding.

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