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Supercomputer “SKIF” to be used when preparing for construction of Belarusian nuclear power plant

Innovations in the field of supercomputers that were designed within Union State programmes will be actively used when preparing for construction and further operation of Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP). This piece of news was reported to journalists by Leonid Babichev, head of the laboratory under Joint Institute for Energy and Nuclear Research “Sosny” of Belarus National Academy of Sciences, on June 29th.


Innovations in the field of supercomputers that were designed within Union State programmes will be actively used when preparing for construction and further operation of Belarusian nuclear power plant (NPP). This piece of news was reported to journalists by Leonid Babichev, head of the laboratory under Joint Institute for Energy and Nuclear Research “Sosny” of Belarus National Academy of Sciences, on June 29th.

Supercomputer “SKIF-500” designed within a Union State programme will be soon installed in the institute. “Together with the specialists from Belarus State University and Joint Institute for Informatics Problems of Belarus National Academy of Sciences we are planning to use computing technologies when evaluating the safety and enhancing the efficiency of the NPP in Belarus,” said the specialist. Systems and architecture of “SKIF” will make it possible to employ latest techniques of supercomputer calculations when designing and building the NPP.

According to Leonid Babichev, the process of preparation for building such serious facilities like NPP presupposes carrying out a huge number of researches. A part of them will be organized by means of computer simulation on a supercomputer. In particular, computer simulation will make it possible to model and forecast the quality of work of NPP equipment at all stages of its life cycle as well as to conduct different experiments in virtual space.

Application of the supercomputer will enable Belarusian scientists together with their Russian colleagues to create a mathematical model of the nuclear power plant, to keep track of its basic processes and, as appropriate, to make changes. Supercomputer technologies will also help to calculate optimal refueling layouts and other important processes in order to prevent failures in the work of the NPP.