2024 BOUT++ and ABOUND Joint Meeting



August 5–9, 2024
August 5–7: Scientific Discovery Through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) ABOUND project team meeting
August 7–9: BOUT++ workshop
August 6: Banquet dinner

Registration deadline: July 1, 2024
Abstract submission deadline: July 1, 2024


Hertz Hall, University of California Livermore Collaboration Center, Eastgate Drive, Livermore, CA (building formerly known as the Edward Teller Education Center)


This event features two interrelated meetings: the BOUT++ workshop and the SciDAC ABOUND project team meeting.

Both meetings span three days, with a notable one-day overlap on Wednesday. This strategic design promotes collaboration and interaction among participants from both meetings, providing a unique opportunity for attendees to immerse themselves in the diverse realms of the BOUT++ framework and the significant advancements enabled by the SciDAC ABOUND project. This synergy enhances the overall experience, creating a comprehensive and enriching event for all participants, from researchers to developers.

SciDAC ABOUND project team meeting, August 5–7

The SciDAC ABOUND project team meeting is a cornerstone of this event, playing a pivotal role in advancing plasma physics. Its primary mission is to lead the development of advanced multi-scale and multi-physics simulation capabilities.

A core objective is to gain a comprehensive understanding of the intricate dynamics characterizing advanced boundary plasma physics. To achieve this, the ABOUND project harnesses the extensive expertise and resources available through ASCR SciDAC institutes, including FASTMath and RAPIDS2. These resources empower the team to address critical scientific questions through innovative computational approaches, pushing the boundaries of knowledge in this field.

The meeting also provides a platform for delivering progress reports on the ongoing work within the ABOUND project. It fosters discussions around the challenges encountered and collective strategies to overcome them, all while facilitating the exchange of insights regarding future plans. This ensures that the project maintains its position at the forefront of plasma physics research.

BOUT++ Workshop, August 7–9

The BOUT++ workshop takes center stage, offering a thorough exploration of the BOUT++ framework. It delves into the latest advancements, intricate coding intricacies, and a broad spectrum of practical applications. Topics span the gamut, including tokamak disruption, edge-localized modes, exhaust management, plasma-RF interaction, plasma-material interaction, integrated modeling, stellarator edge simulations, and synthetic diagnostics for simulation validation.

Furthermore, the workshop delves into cutting-edge areas such as machine learning surrogate models, applied to tasks like fluid closure, divertor detachment predictions, and control strategies. It also examines the BOUT++ framework’s adaptability to various spatial discretization methods, advanced meshes conforming to wall geometry, and preconditioners, enhancing its versatility and effectiveness.

This workshop warmly welcomes international participants, including seasoned BOUT++ users, dedicated developers, students, and early career researchers, creating a dynamic platform for knowledge exchange and collaboration.



The mission of the BOUT++ and ABOUND joint meeting is to:

For the SciDAC ABOUND project team meeting:

  • Spearhead the development of cutting-edge multi-scale and multi-physics simulation capabilities.
  • Capitalize on the expertise and resources of Advanced Scientific Computing Research (ASCR) SciDAC institutes, including FASTMath and RAPIDS2, to address critical advanced time integration and model coupling algorithms, GPU acceleration, data analysis, visualization, and code-coupling technologies.
  • Achieve breakthroughs in understanding boundary plasma dynamics through the seamless integration of multi-fluid, gyrokinetic, and full-PIC codes.

For the BOUT++ workshop:

  • Provide a platform for discussing key physics and computational issues, along with innovative concepts directly related to multi-species fluid and gyro-fluid plasma simulations.
  • Empower researchers with the skills and knowledge to utilize and advance the BOUT++ code for applications such as edge turbulence, transport, plasma material interaction, plasma-RF interaction, tokamak disruption, and ELM simulations in magnetic fusion devices.
  • Foster effective collaboration within the BOUT++ international community and extend collaborative efforts beyond its boundaries.

Together, these mission objectives drive progress in the field of plasma physics research, encompassing both the focused efforts of the SciDAC ABOUND project and the broader context of boundary plasma physics dynamics represented by the BOUT++ framework.

Meeting Information


Deadline: July 1, 2024


Abstract Submission

Deadline: July 1, 2024

Submit abstract


When booking a hotel, please request the government/GSA rate. Hotel options include:

Holiday Inn Express & Suites Livermore (An IHG Hotel)
3000 Constitution Dr, Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 961-9600

Courtyard by Marriott Livermore
2929 Constitution Dr, Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 243-1000

Hampton Inn Livermore
2850 Constitution Dr, Livermore, CA 94551
(925) 606-6400

Organizing Committee

Xueqiao Xu (Chair, LLNL, USA)
Ben Dudson (Co-chair, LLNL, USA)
Nami Li (LLNL, USA)
Maxim Umansky (LLNL, USA)
Ben Zhu (LLNL, USA)

Scientific Committee

To be determined

Conference Contacts

Amanda Meiring | meiring1 [at] llnl.gov (meiring1[at]llnl[dot]gov)
Janet Garcia | garcia272 [at] llnl.gov (garcia272[at]llnl[dot]gov)