In order to implement the mission to contribute to ITER and to an early realisation of DEMO, the International Fusion Energy Research Centre (IFERC) promotes three sub-projects: DEMO Design and R&D Coordination Centre, Computational Simulation Centre (CSC), and ITER Remote Experimentation Centre (REC). Visit the IFERC project website

DEMO Design and R&D Coordination Centre

This Centre in Rokkasho plays an important role in co-ordinating scientific and technological activities necessary for DEMO including design activities and technology R&D on key issues of common interest. The objective includes the assessment of pre-conceptual design options for DEMO, reflecting the outcome of R&D activities.

The DEMO R&D Building in Rokkasho has been completed recently as a radioisotope (RI) handling facility, which consists of an RI experimental room, beryllium handling room, microstructure analysis room, and material test room.

Computational Simulation Centre (CSC)

The objective of the CSC is to provide a state-of-the-art supercomputer and to exploit large-scale and high-performance simulations to analyse experimental data on fusion plasmas, prepare scenarios for ITER operation, predict the performance of ITER, and contribute to the DEMO  design.

The “Helios” supercomputer was installed at the end of 2011 and at the time was one of the top 10 most powerful computers in the world (achieving 1,237 petaflops in the LINPACK test).

Remote Experimentation Centre (REC)

The REC will be developed as a remote experimentation room for experimental campaign preparation and data analysis for ITER, and will be able in the future to monitor the ITER plant status, prepare and transfer pulse parameter request files to the ITER CODAC, present the main
machine and plasma parameters in real time, and access promptly the experimental data for further analysis at the REC. Prior to the  demonstration of ITER remote experimentation, the REC will be tested on JT-60SA and/or other existing tokamaks.