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Revision as of 20:39, 21 January 2013


a scientific instrument designed to support experiment-driven research in all areas of computer science related to parallel, large-scale or distributed computing and networking
Download the latest general introduction, or a screencast of recent webUI developments

Current status (at 2021-02-26 02:45): 1 current events, None planned (details)

Latest updates from Grid'5000 users

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  • Publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2143 overall):

  • Alessio Pagliari, Fabrice Huet, Guillaume Urvoy-Keller. On the Cost of Acking in Data Stream Processing Systems. 2019 19th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud, and Grid Computing (CCGRID), May 2019, Larnaca, Cyprus. 10.1109/CCGRID.2019.00047. hal-02134654 view on HAL pdf
  • Emile Cadorel, Hélène Coullon, Jean-Marc Menaud. Online Multi-User Workflow Scheduling Algorithm for Fairness and Energy Optimization. CCGrid2020 : 20th International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Internet Computing, Nov 2020, Melbourne, Australia. 10.1109/CCGrid49817.2020.00-36. hal-02551733 view on HAL pdf
  • Manuel Pariente, Samuele Cornell, Antoine Deleforge, Emmanuel Vincent. Filterbank design for end-to-end speech separation. ICASSP 2020 - 45th International Conference on Acoustics, Speech, and Signal Processing, May 2020, Barcelona, Spain. hal-02355623v2 view on HAL pdf
  • Nathanael Cheriere, Matthieu Dorier, Gabriel Antoniu. How fast can one resize a distributed file system?. Journal of Parallel and Distributed Computing, Elsevier, 2020, 140, pp.80-98. 10.1016/j.jpdc.2020.02.001. hal-02961875 view on HAL pdf
  • Neil Ayeb, Eric Rutten, Sebastien Bolle, Thierry Coupaye, Marc Douet. Coordinated autonomic loops for target identification, load and error-aware Device Management for the IoT. FedCSIS 2020 - 15th Federated Conference on Computer Science and Information Systems, Sep 2020, Sofia, Bulgaria. pp.1-10. hal-02934785 view on HAL pdf

Latest news

Grid'5000 tutorial during ComPAS'2013

The ComPAS'2013 conference (replacing RenPar, SympA and CFSE), to be held in Grenoble between January 15th and 18th, will feature a Grid'5000 tutorial.

Grid'5000 Winter School 2012 award winners announced

The Grid'5000 winter school took place between Decembre 3rd, 2012 and December 6th, 2012 in Nantes. This highly successful edition brought together 70 registered participants for 4 days of tutorials and talks focusing on best-practices, results and links to other tools for experiment-driven research. Two awards were given during the event :

Best presentation award to Shadi Ibrahim

Best presentation award to Shadi Ibrahim

1st prize for the Grid'5000 challenge 2012 to Luc Sarzyniec

1st prize for the Grid'5000 challenge 2012 to Luc Sarzyniec

Grid'5000 school 2012 announced

Organized in Nantes, from December 3rd to December 6th 2012, this winter school will bring together, but is not limited to, Grid'5000's users, technical team and executive committee for 4 days of tutorials and talks focusing on best-practices and results. Presentations and practical sessions will cover both basic usage of the platform, for new users, or potential users of Grid'5000 and advanced and new usage of the platform, for current users.

Inria award for research and innovation support given to David Margery, Grid'5000 chief technical officer

The 2012 Inria award for research and innovation was awarded to David Margery, who has been the Grid'5000 chief technical officer since 2007. more info here

Report on Support for Experimental Computer Science workshop available

Following the Supercomputing 2011 Workshop on Support for Experimental Science, a report was released, which distills the discussion from that workshop into a consensus on the state of the field and directions for moving forward. Full report available; featured on isgtw.org and hpcwire.

Grid'5000 users finalists of the SCALE'2012 challenge

The following paper took part in the final of the international SCALE'2012 challenge: L. Sarzyniec, S. Badia, E. Jeanvoine, L. Nussbaum Scalability Testing of the Kadeploy Cluster Deployment System usingVirtual Machines on Grid'5000 (CCGRID/SCALE’2012, Ottawa, Canada, May 2012). (see paper on HAL)

The paper presents a large-scale execution of Kadeploy on Grid'5000, using up to 4000 virtual machines hosted on 635 nodes from four sites, gathered together in a global KaVLAN network. The work was done in the context of the INRIA ADT Kadeploy project.

Announcing the IaaS on Grid'5000 Workshop - 2012 to be held in Rennes, April 23rd 2012

Grid'5000 users are invited to take part to a half day workshop in Rennes on April 23rd, 2012, followed by an optional 2 days coding camp for all Grid'5000 users working on the deployment of open source Iaas stacks (OpenNebula, Nimbus, OpenStack, ..). During the coding camp on the following days, participants will be able to start collaborating on consolidating their tools. Details on the event's page


Using Grid'5000 for on-demand extension of an OpenNebula installation

This video shows how the BonFIRE project's testbed operated in Rennes can be extended on-demand over Grid'5000 resources. This is a powerfull demonstration of KaVLAN usage and of how Grid'5000 capabilities can be exposed to specific users with the Grid'5000 API. Here Grid'5000 resources are dynamically added to an OpenNebula installation.

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Grid'5000 at a glance

Grid'5000 sites
  • Grid'5000 is a scientific instrument for the study of large scale parallel and distributed systems. It aims at providing a highly reconfigurable, controlable and monitorable experimental platform to its users. The initial aim (circa 2003) was to reach 5000 processors in the platform. It has been reframed at 5000 cores, and was reached during winter 2008-2009.
  • The infrastructure of Grid'5000 is geographically distributed on different sites hosting the instrument, initially 9 sites in France (10 since 2011). Porto Alegre, Brazil is now officially becoming the first site abroad.


Grid'5000 allows experiments in all these software layers
  • Grid'5000 is a research effort developing a large scale nation wide infrastructure for large scale parallel and distributed computing research.
  • 19 laboratories are involved in France with the objective of providing the community a testbed allowing experiments in all the software layers between the network protocols up to the applications.

The current plans are to extend from the 9 initial sites each with 100 to a thousand PCs, connected by the RENATER Education and Research Network to a bigger platform including a few sites outside France not necessarily connected through a dedicated network connection. Sites in Brazil and Luxembourg should join shortly, and Reims has now joined.

All sites in France are connected to RENATER with a 10Gb/s link, except Reims, for the time linked through a 1Gb/s

This high collaborative research effort is funded by INRIA, CNRS, the Universities of all sites and some regional councils.

ALADDIN-G5K : ensuring the development of Grid'5000

For the 2008-2012 period, Engineers ensuring the development and day to day support of the infrastructure are mostly provided by INRIA, under the ADT ALADDIN-G5K initiative.

HEMERA: Demonstrating ambitious up-scaling techniques on Grid'5000

Héméra is an INRIA Large Wingspan project, started in 2010, that aims at demonstrating ambitious up-scaling techniques for large scale distributed computing by carrying out several dimensioning experiments on the Grid’5000 infrastructure, at animating the scientific community around Grid’5000 and at enlarging the Grid’5000 community by helping newcomers to make use of Grid’5000.

Initial Rationale

The foundations of Grid'5000 have emerged from a thorough analysis and numerous discussions about methodologies used for scientific research in the Grid domain. A report presents the rationale for Grid'5000.

In addition to theory, simulators and emulators, there is a strong need for large scale testbeds where real life experimental conditions hold. The size of Grid'5000, in terms of number of sites and number of processors per site, was established according to the scale of the experiments and the number of researchers involved in the project.

Current funding

As from June 2008, INRIA is the main contributor to Grid'5000 funding.


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University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
University of Rennes 1, Rennes
Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse / INSA / FERIA / Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
University Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux
University Lille 1, Lille
Ecole Normale Supérieure, Lyon
Université de Reims Champagne-Ardenne, Reims

Regional councils

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
Nord Pas de Calais