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|Title:||A Compact PC Cluster for Monte Carlo Simulations at JRC-Ispra|
|Authors:||LOOMAN MARC; PEERANI PAOLO|
|Citation:||Proceedings of the 29th ESARDA Symposium on Safeguards and Nuclear Material Management p. 1-5|
|Type:||Contributions to Conferences|
|Abstract:||At the JRC Ispra, Monte Carlo simulation programs like MCNP and MCNP-PTA are becoming more and more a fundamental tool in the design of new neutron coincidence counters and neutron multiplicity counters. These programs also provide an alternative way for the calibration of these neutron counters for the assay of new sample materials, without the need of new nuclear reference materials. A new PC Cluster has been built to satisfy the increasing demand of computing power, which had the following design requirements: high speed processors, large memory size per node, compact dimensions, high reliability, easy to use, and provide ways for future expansions/upgrades. This paper reports on the design, realisation and performances of the new cluster. Also discussed are the choice of the Operating System (Linux) and various aspects of the software required for running MCNP and MCNP-PTA in parallel with Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM).|
|JRC Institute:||Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen|
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