István Pós, Zoltán Kálya, Tamás Parkó, Sándor Patai-Szabó
August 10, 2016
Nowadays the installation of a new modernized VERONA core monitoring system (version V7.0) is in process at the NPP Paks. The most important steps of the current improvements are as follows: complete replacement of the hardware and the local area network; application of a new operating system and “virtual machine” (VM) technology; implementation of a new human-system interface; and last but not least, introduction of improved reactor physics calculations. Basic novelty of the modernized core analysis is the application of general purpose graphical processing units (GPGPU) in the on-line core-follow module. This new technology has allowed of performing the real-time node-wise core analysis by standard Paks NPP core design codes HELIOS/C-PORCA. The present paper gives a brief overview of the system version (V7.0), focusing to the models of reactor physics and results of validation. Main characteristics of new approaches of the modified on-line reactor physics calculations are also described.