Solving fusion problem should please Gore says Truchard -

Solving fusion problem should please Gore says Truchard


AUSTIN,Texas — Al Gore might be able sleep a little easier if work being carried out at the Max Planck Institute is successful according to Dr James Truchard, CEO of National Instruments.

Presenting the keynote at this year's NIWeek, Dr Truchard (left) explained that when he started his career as a physicist in the 1960s there was optimism that there would be unlimited electrical power provided fusion technology.

“The reality is that this has not happened as we have not been able to solve the technical problems associated with it. National Instruments' LabVIEW is now being used on multiple multi-core servers by the Max Planck Institute to provide high performance computation with high performance I/O to take another crack at this problem.”

“This combination of FPGA based I/O and multicore programming can take another crack at this very very difficult problem and if we solve it that will be one of the most exciting things we have ever done.”

The research being conducted at Max-Planck-Institut für Plasmaphysik (IPP) in Garching and Greifswald, Germany is investigating the physical basis of a fusion power plant. Like the sun, such a plant is to generate energy from fusion of atomic nuclei.

Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics is associated with the European Fusion Programme and the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres.

Dr. Louis Giannone, a research scientist for the Max Planck Institute for Plasma Physics in Garching, Germany is working on an upgrade to the ASDEX (Axially Symmetric Divertor EXperiment) divertor tokamak in Garching. The project has been able to take advantage in the multicore enhancement provided in LabVIEW 8.5. “In the first design stage of our control application programmed with LabVIEW, we have obtained a 20X processing speed-up on an octal-core processor machine over a single-core processor, while reaching our 1ms control loop rate requirement.”

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