SNA + MC 2013 - Joint International Conference on Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications + Monte Carlo

Welcome Message

“The first edition of SNA+MC 2010 was held in Tokyo in 2010. This joint international conference on "Supercomputing in Nuclear Application (SNA)" and "Monte Carlo (MC)" will be renewed; SNA+MC 2013 will be held in Paris from 27 to 31 October 2013.

The long-standing complementarity that exists between the increasing computing power of computers dedicated to scientific calculations and that of the Monte Carlo methods, from the theoretical point of view as well as its general usage, certainly legitimizes such a convergence.

The first ambition of SNA+MC 2013 is to review recent breakthroughs in High Performance Computing (HPC) and in Monte Carlo, as well as in the usage made of them in the very varied fields of nuclear applications.

SNA+MC 2013 will take place under the hallmark of transdisciplinary work, encompassing types of interdependent physical phenomena and different physical scales (from infra-femtometric level to macroscopic level). Theorists, experimentalists, developers and end-users will address such issues as the rapid growth of computing power (moving towards Exascale) with awareness of today’s complex realities, experience and digital experience, in the various worlds of industry, applied and/or fundamental research institutions and academia, whose borders and connections vary from one country to another.

The conference aims to highlight renewed strategy and simulation paradigms, and to identify future conceptual and technological breakthroughs.

The objective is to increase the predictive capacity of the calculation tools designed and developed by teams of engineers and researchers all over the world. The idea is to improve the performances accordingly in terms of calculation time, usability and maintainability. All these factors are indeed crucial for the central question of the role of a nuclear application in the global economy, including safety, optimizations and costs.

Finally, SNA+MC 2013, attuned to the social and cultural contexts of science and technology, will be held at the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie de la Villette in Paris.

The proximity of the Ourcq canal and the green open spaces of the Parc de la Villette, together with the gastronomic and artistic surroundings, will enable participants to combine utility with pleasure for five full days of work and exchanges. This will also contribute to the success warmly anticipated for the SNA+MC 2013 conference.

We would like to gratefully acknowledge all members of the different SNA+MC 2013 committees, partners, sponsors, exhibitors, workshop coordinators, keynote speakers, chair persons, and everyone who took place in the conference organization, for their kind and valuable cooperation.

Thanks and welcome to the SNA+MC 2013 conference participants!”

Christophe Béhar and Luis Echávarri
General Chairs