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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

Best Student Demo Award given to Grid'5000 users at Sigmetrics/Performance 2009 at Seattle

This award was given to Patrick Loiseau, Romaric Guillier, Oana Goga, Matthieu Imbert, Paulo Goncalves, Pascale Vicat-Blanc Primet (INRIA, ENS-Lyon, University of Lyon, France) for their demo Automated Traffic Measurements and Analysis in Grid'5000 demo at the demo session

Latest updated experiment descriptions


Latest updated publications

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

  • Walid Hafiane. Apprentissage par transfert pour l’extraction de relations pharmacogénomiques à partir de textes. Informatique cs. 2020. hal-02939161 view on HAL pdf
  • Thuy Linh Nguyen, Ramon Nou, Adrien Lebre. YOLO: Speeding up VM and Docker Boot Time by reducing I/O operations. EURO-PAR 2019 - European Conference on Parallel Processing, Aug 2019, Göttingen, Germany. pp.273-287, 10.1007/978-3-030-29400-7_20. hal-02172288 view on HAL pdf
  • Camille Coti, David Monniaux, Hang Yu. A task-based approach to parallel parametric linear programming solving, and application to polyhedral computations. Concurrency and Computation: Practice and Experience, John Wiley & Sons Ltd, 2021, 33 (6), pp.e6050. 10.1002/cpe.6050. hal-02951016 view on HAL pdf
  • Bruno de Moura Donassolo. IoT Orchestration in the Fog. Emerging Technologies cs.ET. Université Grenoble Alpes 2020-.., 2020. English. NNT : 2020GRALM051. tel-03130144 view on HAL pdf
  • Susanta Sarangi, Md Sahidullah, Goutam Saha. Optimization of data-driven filterbank for automatic speaker verification. Digital Signal Processing, Elsevier, 2020, 104, 10.1016/j.dsp.2020.102795. hal-02900353 view on HAL pdf

Grid'5000 under extension to Porto Alegre, Brazil

July 21st, 2009, INRIA and UFRGS signed a Memorandum of Understanding marking the cooperation of the two institutes towards the extension of the Grid'5000 platform to Brazil.

According to the terms of this memo, UFRGS will contribute to Grid'5000 by operating a local site in Porto Alegre and INRIA will fully integrate this local site into Grid'5000 in order to gain an international scale. Researchers from both partners will therefore gain access to one of the major scientific instruments for the study of large-scale parallel and distributed problems in computer science. With this cooperation, Grid'5000 gives its users the possibility to study the effects of inter-continental networks links on these problems.

For Grid'5000 users, access to the new site during the integration phase is possible using portoalegre.grenoble as name of the new site

Grid'5000 showcased during the Open Days of Bell Labs France

June 2nd, 2009, MEtroflux/NXE tools where shown using Grid'5000 during a week during the Open Days of Bell Labs France, demonstrating the potential of Grid'5000 as a research instrument.

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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