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ALADDIN-G5K : ensuring the development of Grid'5000

for the 2008-2012 period

An infrastructure distributed in 9 sites around France, for research in large-scale parallel and distributed systems

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

Latest news

Supercomputing and grid computing days at Lille

The first edition of the supercomputing and grid computing days at Lille will be held at Université de Lille1 and INRIA Lille - Nord Europe on December 2, 3 and 7, 2009. Half of the event is dedicated to the Grid5000 nation-wide grid infrastructure. A series of presentations including feedbacks on the use of Grid5000 is scheduled together with a one day practical training on it. The detailed program is available at:

Latest updated experiment descriptions


Latest updated publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2181 overall):

  • Jean Luca Bez, Alberto Miranda, Ramon Nou, Francieli Zanon Boito, Toni Cortes, et al.. Arbitration Policies for On-Demand User-Level I/O Forwarding on HPC Platforms. IPDPS 2021 - 35th IEEE International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium, May 2021, Portland, Oregon / Virtual, United States. hal-03149582 view on HAL pdf
  • Tiago Carneiro, Jan Gmys, Nouredine Melab, Daniel Tuyttens. Towards ultra-scale Branch-and-Bound using a high-productivity language. Future Generation Computer Systems, Elsevier, 2020, SI: On The Road to Exascale II: Advances on High Performance Computing and Simulations, 105, pp.196-209. 10.1016/j.future.2019.11.011. hal-02371238 view on HAL pdf
  • Mohamed Menacer, Kamel Smaïli. Investigating data sharing in speech recognition for an underresourced language: the case of algerian dialect. 7th International Conference on Natural Language Processing - NATP 2021, Mar 2021, Vienna, Austria. hal-03137048 view on HAL pdf
  • Maxime Gobert, Jan Gmys, Nouredine Melab, Daniel Tuyttens. Towards Adaptive Space Partitioning for Large-scale Parallel Bayesian Optimization. OLA'2020 - International Conference on Optimization and Learning, Feb 2020, Cadix, Spain. hal-02898960 view on HAL pdf
  • Esteban Marquer. LatticeNN -- Deep Learning and Formal Concept Analysis. Artificial Intelligence cs.AI. 2020. hal-02954843 view on HAL pdf

Research in Grids - Production Grids workshop held October 13th, 2009

L’Institut des Grilles (IdG) et l’action Aladdin INRIA lancent un appel commun à propositions pour dynamiser les recherches à l’interface entre la recherche sur les grilles, les grilles de recherche, et les grilles de production.

Le colloque présentera les questions ouvertes aux interfaces et les projets proposés dans le cadre de cet appel, afin de favoriser la création de nouveaux réseaux. Le but de la journée est de faire émerger des synergies. La présentation de travaux en cours est donc vivement encouragée. Plus d’informations.


Grid'5000 Tutorial at CLCAR 2009 in Venezuela

Yiannis Georgiou will present a Grid5000 tutorial at the 2nd edition of Latin American Conference on High Performance Computing (CLCAR) held in Merida, Venezuela (21-25 September 2009).

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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, initialy 9 in France. Porto Alegre, Brazil is now officially becoming the 10th site.


Grid'5000 allows experiments in all these software layers
  • Grid'5000 is a research effort developping a large scale nation wide infrastructure for large scale parallel and distributed computing research.
  • 17 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.

All sites in France are connected to RENATER with a 10Gb/s link.

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

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.






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

Regional councils

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
Nord Pas de Calais