Logos of the six CAMPA members.

CAMPA brings together researchers from six laboratories to enable more compact and less expensive particle accelerators for high-energy physics.

The Advanced Modeling Program leads two multi-laboratory collaborations in DOE’s Scientific Discovery through Advanced Computing (SciDAC) program: CAMPA and KISMET.

The Collaboration for Advanced Modeling of Particle Accelerators (CAMPA) combines accelerator physicists from Berkeley Lab, Fermilab, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, and the University of California, Los Angeles, with computer scientists from the SciDAC Math Institutes at Berkeley Lab, Argonne National Laboratory, and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

The overarching purpose of CAMPA is to accelerate and expand the scope of discoveries from high energy physics (HEP) particle accelerators by enabling designs that are significantly more compact and cheaper to build and run. To this end, accelerator physicists and computer scientists collaborate to develop an integrated community ecosystem of cutting-edge simulation codes. These will combine to provide a versatile virtual representation of particle accelerators, with tunability from ultrafast to ultraprecise predictions for efficient design of the next generation of accelerators.


KISMET combines the expertise of multiple institutions to accelerate progress toward laser-drive inertial fusion energy.

KISMET, the SciDAC collaboration on Kinetic IFE (Inertial Fusion Energy) Simulations at Multiscale with Exascale Technology, brings together plasma physicists from Berkeley Lab, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the University of Rochester with computer scientists from the SciDAC Math Institute at  Berkeley Lab and the private sector software company Kitware, Inc.

The project combines the power of exascale computing with the most recent advances in first-principles kinetic modeling of laser-plasma interactions to accelerate progress toward the goal of a laser-driven inertial fusion pilot powerplant. The team is improving the code WarpX to explore the physics and mitigation of laser-plasma instabilities, the concept of proton-based fast ignition, and the physics of hot spots.