Supercomputing and Computation


PortSim – A Port Security Simulation and Visualization Tool

Problem Statement:

  • As part of the effort to interdict the illegal import of nuclear materials into the country, detectors are being introduced at sea ports. These must be deployed in such a way as to secure our borders without adversely impacting normal commerce.

Technical Approach:

  • A cross-platform, scalable simulation and visualization software tool called PortSim has been developed for use
by government security personnel and port operators.


  • PortSim allows an end user to investigate the placement of detectors in the port and measure the operational and cost impact. It allows an optimum solution to be found that balances security with normal commerce.

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