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Welcome to the Joint International Topical Meeting on Mathematics & Computations and Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications!

On behalf of our General Co-chairs, Jean Gonnord (France) and Toshiki Tajima (Japan), and our Technical Program Co-chairs, Nam Zin Cho (Korea), William Martin (USA), Tamara Poveschenko (Russia), Enrico Sartori (France) and Hiroshi Sekimoto (Japan), we are pleased to welcome you to Monterey for the 2007 Joint International Topical Meeting on Mathematics and Computations and Supercomputing in Nuclear Applications. This meeting will showcase the role of high-performance scientific computing in all aspects of design and development of advanced nuclear energy systems and provide an international forum to review recent research results, in addition to the status and trends in high performance computing. With the revitalization of nuclear power and the launch of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership in the United States, this conference provides a timely forum for scientific exchange, in addition to a venue for educating and recruiting future nuclear scientists and engineers.

 The M&C + SNA meeting has been jointly organized by the Northern California Section of the American Nuclear Society, the Chemistry, Materials & Life Sciences Directorate at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, and the Nuclear Engineering Department at the University of California, Berkeley. This Joint International Topical Meeting is sponsored by the American Nuclear Society, and its professional divisions of Mathematics and Computation, Radiation Protection and Shielding, Reactor Physics, and Materials Science and Technology, in addition to the Computational Medical Physics Working Group. We would also like to acknowledge the Nuclear Energy Agency of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD/NEA) and the Computational Science and Engineering division of the Atomic Energy Society of Japan as international co-sponsors of M&C+SNA.

 We gratefully acknowledge the generous financial support of the M&C+SNA meeting provided by the Idaho National Laboratory, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and Los Alamos National Laboratory.

 The Technical Program consists of 228 papers that will be presented in three plenary oral sessions, thirty parallel oral sessions and two poster sessions. The plenary sessions feature internationally recognized scientists and leaders from Europe, Asia and the United States, including Dennis Spurgeon (U.S. Department of Energy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy), Jean Gonnord (Program Director for Numerical Simulation & Computational Science, CEA), Tashiki Tajima (Director General, JAERI Kansai Research Establishment), Ed Moses (Associate Director of the National Ignition Facility, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory), Dan Cacuci (Scientific Director, Nuclear Energy Direction, CEA), and Professors William Martin (University of Michigan), Tom Downar (University of California, Berkeley), Paul Turinsky (North Carolina State University), and Chang Hyo Kim (Seoul National University). These plenary presentations will showcase the future of nuclear energy and high performance computing.

 Following the precedent set at M&C 2005, the Technical Program Committee provided a peer review of extended summaries rather than full papers. The conference proceedings that you will receive as a CD-ROM contain the 193 full papers that were submitted for publication. We are proud that the 228 extended abstracts accepted for presentation at M&C+SNA'07 were contributed from more than 20 European, Asian and American countries. Thus this truly is an international meeting.

 In addition to the Technical Program, we would like to call your attention to three free workshops that will be held on Sunday, April 15th. Richard Sanchez and colleagues from CEA will present a tutorial on TRIPOLI-4 and APOLLO-2 from 10:00 to 13:00. Forrest Brown and colleagues from Los Alamos National Laboratory will present a tutorial on MCNP from 13:00 to 15:30, and Mark DeHart and colleagues from Oak Ridge National Laboratory will present a tutorial on TRITON from 15:30 to 18:00. As well, for those individuals who pre-registered, there will be a technical tour of the National Ignition Facility at the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory on Friday, April 20.

 Once again, welcome to M&C+SNA'07 and we hope that you will enjoy a stimulating technical meeting in addition to the wonderful non-technical attractions of the world famous Monterey Peninsula.





Tomás Díaz de la Rubia, General Chair

Jasmina Vujic, Technical Program Chair



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