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ALADDIN-G5K : ensuring the development of Grid'5000

for the 2008-2011 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

Photo of people present at the Grid'5000 Spring School 2009

Grid'5000 spring school now finished

The Grid'5000 spring school took place between April 7, 2009 and April 10, 2009 in Nancy. The presentation program is updated with the slides of the presentations as they come in. Most practical sessions are available to people that did not take part during the school.

Latest updated experiment descriptions


Latest updated publications

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

  • Damien Masson, Sylvain Malacria, Edward Lank, Géry Casiez. Chameleon: Bringing Interactivity to Static Digital Documents. CHI 2020 - ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Apr 2020, Honolulu, United States. 10.1145/3313831.3376559. hal-02467817 view on HAL pdf
  • Nicolas Turpault, Romain Serizel. Training Sound Event Detection On A Heterogeneous Dataset. DCASE Workshop, Nov 2020, Tokyo, Japan. hal-02891665v2 view on HAL pdf
  • Giuseppe Di Lena, Andrea Tomassilli, Damien Saucez, Frédéric Giroire, Thierry Turletti, et al.. Distributed Network Experiment Emulation. GEFI 19 - Global Experimentation for Future Internet - Workshop, Nov 2019, Coimbra, Portugal. hal-02359801 view on HAL pdf
  • Baptiste Jonglez. End-to-end mechanisms to improve latency in communication networks. Networking and Internet Architecture cs.NI. Université Grenoble Alpes 2020-.., 2020. English. NNT : 2020GRALM048. tel-03120529 view on HAL pdf
  • Nesryne Mejri, Briag Dupont, Georges da Costa. Energy-aware scheduling of malleable HPC applications using a Particle Swarm optimised greedy algorithm. Sustainable Computing : Informatics and Systems, Elsevier, 2020, 28, pp.100447. 10.1016/j.suscom.2020.100447. hal-02964970 view on HAL pdf

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First INRIA-CEA workshop held on deployment and scheduling in large infrastructures

This workshop, held noon to noon January 22nd-23rd discussed common problems faced when dealing with deployment and scheduling in large infrastructures. Most participants are visible in the photo on the right of this page.


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Grid'5000 at a glance

Grid'5000 sites
  • Grid'5000 project aims at building a highly reconfigurable, controlable and monitorable experimental Grid platform gathering 9 sites geographically distributed in France featuring a total of 5000 processors:


  • The main purpose of this platform is to serve as an experimental testbed for research in Grid Computing.
  • This project is one initiative of the French ACI Grid incentive (see below: Funding Institutions) which provides a large part of Grid'5000 funding on behalf of the French Ministry of Research & Education.

Grid'5000 will allow Grid experiments France wide in all these software layers
  • Grid'5000 is a research effort developping a large scale nation wide infrastructure for Grid research.
  • 17 laboratories are involved, nation wide, in the objective of providing the community of Grid researchers a testbed allowing experiments in all the software layers between the network protocols up to the applications.

The current plans are to assemble a physical platform featuring 9 local platform (at least one cluster per site), each with 100 to a thousand PCs, connected by the RENATER Education and Research Network.

All clusters will be connected to Renater with a 10Gb/s link (or at least 1 Gb/s, when 10Gb/s is not available yet).

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


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.

Funding Institutions

Ministère de l'Education, de la Jeunesse et de la Recherche


ACI Grid







University of Paris Sud, Orsay
University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Sophia Antipolis
University of Rennes 1, Rennes
Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse / INSA / FERIA / Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
University Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux
University Lille 1 / GENOPOLE, Lille
Ecole Normale Supérieure / MYRICOM, Lyon

Regional councils

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
Ile de France

General Councils

Alpes Maritimes