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NERSC's Impact on Advances of Global Gyrokinetic PIC Codes for Fusion Energy Research
The National Energy Analysis Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) was originally launched as a computing center for the exclusive support of magnetic confinement fusion analysis within the US. There is, therefore, an extended history of computational advances and successes that ties fusion scientists with NERSC and its employees. One example of the various computational achievements enabled by NERSC in this field is the event of the world gyrokinetic particle-in-cell approach for the simulation of turbulent transport in tokamak fusion devices. This text describes the historical evolution of this method and therefore the codes implementing it, and also the impact that NERSC had in their development and the scientific discoveries that they permit.
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