Title: A Compact PC Cluster for Monte Carlo Simulations at JRC-Ispra
Citation: Proceedings of the 29th ESARDA Symposium on Safeguards and Nuclear Material Management p. 1-5
Publisher: OPOCE
Publication Year: 2007
JRC N°: JRC37693
URI: http://npns-int.jrc.it/zp_les_cd/2007-05-22-29th-Annual_Meeting-ESARDA/index.htm?PHPSESSID=6ef834bdb81c1212959dda6c8bda057c
Type: Articles in periodicals and books
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 Directorate:Space, Security and Migration

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