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Title: Computational environment and software configuration management of the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant

Abstract

The US Department of Energy (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located in southeast New Mexico, is a deep geologic repository for the permanent disposal of transuranic waste generated by DOE defense-related activities. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), in its role as scientific advisor to the DOE, is responsible for evaluating the long-term performance of the WIPP. This risk-based Performance Assessment (PA) is accomplished in part through the use of numerous scientific modeling codes, which rely for some of their inputs on data gathered during characterization of the site. The PA is subject to formal requirements set forth in federal regulations. In particular, the components of the calculation fall under the configuration management and software quality assurance aegis of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA) requirements. This paper describes SNL's implementation of the NQA requirements regarding configuration management. The complexity of the PA calculation is described, and the rationale for developing a flexible, robust run-control process is discussed. The run-control implementation is described, and its integration with the configuration-management system is then explained, to show how a calculation requiring 37,000 CPU-hours, and involving 225,000 output files totaling 95 Gigabytes, was accomplished in 5 months by 2more » individuals, with full traceability and reproducibility.« less

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Publication Date:
Research Org.:
Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (US); Sandia National Labs., Livermore, CA (US)
Sponsoring Org.:
US Department of Energy (US)
OSTI Identifier:
755542
Report Number(s):
SAND99-2641J
TRN: US0003613
DOE Contract Number:  
AC04-94AL85000
Resource Type:
Journal Article
Journal Name:
Reliability Engineering and Safety Safety (Special Journal Issue)
Additional Journal Information:
Other Information: Submitted to Reliability Engineering and Safety Safety (Special Journal Issue); PBD: 23 May 2000
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
12 MANAGEMENT OF RADIOACTIVE WASTES, AND NON-RADIOACTIVE WASTES FROM NUCLEAR FACILITIES; 99 GENERAL AND MISCELLANEOUS//MATHEMATICS, COMPUTING, AND INFORMATION SCIENCE; WIPP; PERFORMANCE; RISK ASSESSMENT; COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION; COMPUTER CODES; QUALITY ASSURANCE; COMPUTER CALCULATIONS; RELIABILITY; CONFIGURATION MANAGEMENT; RUN CONTROL; RUN MANAGEMENT; TRACEABILITY; REPRODUCIBILITY; PERFORMANCE ASSESSMENT; WASTE ISOLATION PILOT PLANT; TRANSURANIC WASTE; RADIOACTIVE WASTE

Citation Formats

FROEHLICH,GARY K., WILLIAMSON,CHARLES MICHAEL, and OGDEN,HARVEY C. Computational environment and software configuration management of the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. United States: N. p., 2000. Web. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00018-1.
FROEHLICH,GARY K., WILLIAMSON,CHARLES MICHAEL, & OGDEN,HARVEY C. Computational environment and software configuration management of the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant. United States. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00018-1.
FROEHLICH,GARY K., WILLIAMSON,CHARLES MICHAEL, and OGDEN,HARVEY C. Tue . "Computational environment and software configuration management of the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant". United States. doi:10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00018-1. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/755542.
@article{osti_755542,
title = {Computational environment and software configuration management of the 1996 performance assessment for the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant},
author = {FROEHLICH,GARY K. and WILLIAMSON,CHARLES MICHAEL and OGDEN,HARVEY C.},
abstractNote = {The US Department of Energy (DOE) Waste Isolation Pilot Plant (WIPP), located in southeast New Mexico, is a deep geologic repository for the permanent disposal of transuranic waste generated by DOE defense-related activities. Sandia National Laboratories (SNL), in its role as scientific advisor to the DOE, is responsible for evaluating the long-term performance of the WIPP. This risk-based Performance Assessment (PA) is accomplished in part through the use of numerous scientific modeling codes, which rely for some of their inputs on data gathered during characterization of the site. The PA is subject to formal requirements set forth in federal regulations. In particular, the components of the calculation fall under the configuration management and software quality assurance aegis of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA) requirements. This paper describes SNL's implementation of the NQA requirements regarding configuration management. The complexity of the PA calculation is described, and the rationale for developing a flexible, robust run-control process is discussed. The run-control implementation is described, and its integration with the configuration-management system is then explained, to show how a calculation requiring 37,000 CPU-hours, and involving 225,000 output files totaling 95 Gigabytes, was accomplished in 5 months by 2 individuals, with full traceability and reproducibility.},
doi = {10.1016/S0951-8320(00)00018-1},
journal = {Reliability Engineering and Safety Safety (Special Journal Issue)},
number = ,
volume = ,
place = {United States},
year = {2000},
month = {5}
}