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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


Grid'5000 Spring School 2010 announced

Organized in Lille, from April 6th to April 9th 2010, this spring 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.

A challenge to showcase tools and environments demonstrating the deployment of distributed or Grid middleware on Grid'5000 will be held this year for the first time.

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Latest updated experiment descriptions


Latest updated publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2167 overall):

  • Madhurima Mukhopadhyay, Palash Sarkar, Shashank Singh, Emmanuel Thomé. New Discrete Logarithm Computation for the Medium Prime Case Using the Function Field Sieve. Advances in Mathematics of Communications, AIMS, In press, 10.3934/amc.2020119. hal-02964002 view on HAL pdf
  • Shu-Mei Tseng, Bogdan Nicolae, George Bosilca, Emmanuel Jeannot, Aparna Chandramowlishwaran, et al.. Towards Portable Online Prediction of Network Utilization using MPI-level Monitoring. EuroPar'19: 25th International European Conference on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Aug 2019, Goettingen, Germany. hal-02184204 view on HAL pdf
  • Lakhdar Meftah. Towards Privacy-sensitive Mobile Crowdsourcing. Software Engineering cs.SE. University of Lille, 2019. English. tel-02399716v2 view on HAL pdf
  • David Espinel Sarmiento, Adrien Lebre, Lucas Nussbaum, Abdelhadi Chari. Multi-site Connectivity for Edge Infrastructures DIMINET:DIstributed Module for Inter-site NETworking. CCGRID 2020 - 20th IEEE/ACM International Symposium on Cluster, Cloud and Internet Computing, IEEE; The University of Melbourne, May 2020, Melbourne, Australia. pp.1-10. hal-02573638 view on HAL pdf
  • Jad Darrous, Shadi Ibrahim, Christian Pérez. Is it time to revisit Erasure Coding in Data-intensive clusters?. MASCOTS 2019 - 27th IEEE International Symposium on the Modeling, Analysis, and Simulation of Computer and Telecommunication Systems, Oct 2019, Rennes, France. pp.165-178, 10.1109/MASCOTS.2019.00026. hal-02263116 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. ---

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:

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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