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Engineering Physics Colloquium

Tuesday, September 25

4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

106 Engineering Research Building

Speaker:  Professor Benoit Forget, MIT
"OpenMC: An Open Source Monte Carlo Code for High Performance Computing"
Abstract: A new Monte Carlo code called OpenMC is currently under development at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology as a tool for simulation on high performance computing platforms. Given that many legacy codes do not scale well on existing and future parallel computer architectures, OpenMC has been developed from scratch with a focus on high performance scalable algorithms as well as modern software design practices. The present work describes the methods used in the OpenMC code and demonstrates the performance and accuracy of the code on a variety of problems with a particular emphasis on two key innovations: 1) massively parallel fission bank algorithm, and 2) decomposition of tallies for efficient memory management.
Biography: Professor Benoit Forget is currently an Assistant Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He graduated from École Polytechnique de Montréal with a B.Eng in Chemical Enginering and a M.Eng in Energy Engineering in 2003. He then completed a PhD in Nuclear Engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in 2006. He spent a year at the Idaho National Laboratory working in the nuclear fuel cycle and reactor physic methods groups, before joining MIT in January of 2008. He recently served as the Chair of the Reactor Physics Division of the American Nuclear Society.
Event Note: 3:45 PM refreshments will be served