Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research – Sosny | Laboratory of Simulations and supercomputing technologies in nuclear physics and energetics # 30

Joint Institute for Power and Nuclear Research – Sosny


Laboratory of Simulations and supercomputing technologies in nuclear physics and energetics # 30

Head of the Laboratory:

Leonid BABICHEV, Ph.D. of Physico-Mathematical Sciences


Tel.: +375 (17) 318-44-47; +375 (17) 375-83-79

Fax: +375 (17) 374-83-35


The laboratory was established in July 2012. The Data Center is created in the laboratory. There are Supercomputer K-500, Storage System, Network Equipment. Supercomputer and the software allow to carry out precise modeling of neutron-physical characteristics of nuclear facilities.

The basic directions of scientific and technical activity:

  • simulation of nuclear facility, the safety analysis of nuclear facilities at all stages of the life cycle;
  • development of supercomputing and grid computing for modeling in nuclear physics and high energy physics;
  • research in nuclear physics, particle physics and the physics of the interaction of radiation with matter;
  • development of methods and means of information-analytical and computational maintenance work to ensure the safety of nuclear facilities.

The main projects carried out in the laboratory:

The laboratory participates in the implementation of State programs of research:

  • State program “High technology and equipment”
    for 2016 – 2020. Subprogram 6 “Scientific support for the development of nuclear energy in the Republic of Belarus”

    Task 10.10 Develop a neutron-physical model to conduct independent assessments of tasks critical, examination of fuel loads and fast neutron fluence on the case of the Belarusian nuclear power plant reactor in making regulatory decisions

  • State program of scientific research “Energy systems, processes and technologies” for 2016 – 2020. Subprogram 1.3 “Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Physics”
  • Task 3.1.08 “Creating models and algorithms for determining the response functions of measuring equipment to neutron and gamma radiation of the medium”,

    Task 3.1.10 “Analysis and processing of experimental data and Monte Carlo simulation data for heavy ion collisions”.

Also laboratory is working on the information activities of the Institute, including:
- Provides a secure authorized remote access to stored information and computer resources;
- Carries out the construction, reconstruction, repair, development and modernization of information and computing infrastructure;
- Execute the design, development and operation of computer systems, including the use of information security.


To carry out a safety assessment of various nuclear facilities, the laboratory has advanced computer program, developed by leading institutes around the world. These programs are:

  • MCU A universal computer code for simulation of particle transport (neutrons, photons, electrons, positrons) in three-dimensional systems by means of the Monte Carlo method;
  • SERPENT A three-dimensional continuous-energy Monte Carlo reactor physics burnup calculation code;
  • SuperMC (Super Multi-functional Calculation Program for Nuclear Design and Safety Evaluation) is a large-scale integrated software system for neutronics design;
  • DYN3D This program is intended to research transients and emergency operation modes of WWER reactors in three-dimensional geometry;
  • ATHLET, ATHLET/CD computer codes for thermal and hydraulic processes modeling in RF;
  • ASTEC integral computer code to analyze accidents with severe core damage;
  • COCOSYS computer codes for modeling of emergency processes progress in the containment.
  • RiskA is a Reliability and/or Probabilistic Safety Assessment (PSA) program designed to be applied to failure mode and effects analysis, fault tree analysis, event tree analysis, uncertainty analysis, sensitivity analysis, importance analysis, reliability analysis including human reliability analysis, web-based data management, fault diagnosis, and risk monitoring, etc.