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Grid'5000 is a large-scale and versatile testbed for experiment-driven research in all areas of computer science, with a focus on parallel and distributed computing including Cloud, HPC and Big Data.

Key features:

  • provides access to a large amount of resources: 1000 nodes, 8000 cores, grouped in homogeneous clusters, and featuring various technologies: 10G Ethernet, Infiniband, GPUs, Xeon PHI
  • highly reconfigurable and controllable: researchers can experiment with a fully customized software stack thanks to bare-metal deployment features, and can isolate their experiment at the networking layer
  • advanced monitoring and measurement features for traces collection of networking and power consumption, providing a deep understanding of experiments
  • designed to support Open Science and reproducible research, with full traceability of infrastructure and software changes on the testbed
  • a vibrant community of 500+ users supported by a solid technical team

Read more about our teams, our publications, and the usage policy of the testbed. Then get an account, and learn how to use the testbed with our Getting Started tutorial and the rest of our Users portal.

Recently published documents and presentations:

Older documents:

Grid'5000 is supported by a scientific interest group (GIS) hosted by Inria and including CNRS, RENATER and several Universities as well as other organizations. Inria has been supporting Grid'5000 through ADT ALADDIN-G5K (2007-2013), ADT LAPLACE (2014-2016), and IPL HEMERA (2010-2014).

Current status (at 2018-08-17 04:04): 2 current events, 2 planned (details)

Random pick of publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 1744 overall):

  • Michael Mercier, David Glesser, Yiannis Georgiou, Olivier Richard. Big Data and HPC collocation: Using HPC idle resources for Big Data Analytics. IEEE BigData 2017, Dec 2017, Boston, United States. 2017. hal-01633507 view on HAL pdf
  • Leila Abidi, Souha Bejaoui, Christophe Cérin, Jonathan Lejeune, Yanik Ngoko, et al.. Data Management for the RedisDG Scientific Workflow Engine. IEEE International Conference on Computer and Information Technology, Dec 2016, Nadi, Fiji. pp.599 - 606, 2016, 10.1109/CIT.2016.55. hal-01517163 view on HAL pdf
  • Haniel Barbosa, Pascal Fontaine, Andrew Reynolds. Congruence Closure with Free Variables. Tools and Algorithms for Construction and Analysis of Systems (TACAS), 2017, Uppsala, Sweden. 205, pp.220 - 230, 2017, 10.1007/10721959_17. hal-01590918 view on HAL pdf
  • Fabien André, Anne-Marie Kermarrec, Nicolas Le Scouarnec. Cache locality is not enough: High-Performance Nearest Neighbor Search with Product Quantization Fast Scan. 42nd International Conference on Very Large Data Bases, Sep 2016, New Delhi, India. Proceedings of the VLDB Endowment, 9 (4), pp.12, 2015, hal-01239055 view on HAL pdf
  • Bo Zhang. Self-optimization of Infrastructure and Platform Resources in Cloud Computing. Computer Science cs. Lille1, 2016. English. tel-01417289 view on HAL pdf

Latest news

Rss.svgNew production cluster in Nancy: grvingt

We are happy to announce that a new cluster with 64 compute nodes and 2048 cores is

ready in the *production queue* in Nancy !

This is the first Grid'5000 cluster based on the latest generation of Intel CPUs (Skylake).

Each node has:

  • two Intel Xeon Gold 6130 (Skylake, 2.10GHz, 2 CPUs/node, 16 cores/CPU)
  • 192GB of RAM
  • 1TB HDD
  • one 10Gbps Ethernet interface

All nodes are also connected with an Intel Omni-Path 100Gbps network (non-blocking).

This new cluster, named "grvingt"[0], is funded by CPER CyberEntreprises (FEDER, Région Grand Est, DRRT, INRIA, CNRS).

As a reminder the specific rules for the "production" queue are listed on

[0] Important note regarding pronunciation: despite the Corsican origin, you should pronounce the trailing T as this is how "vingt" is pronounced in Lorraine.

-- Grid'5000 Team 17:30, 25 July 2018 (CET)

Rss.svgSecond interface on Lille's clusters

A second 10Gbps interface is now connected on the chetemi and chifflet clusters. Those interfaces are connected to the same switch as the first. KaVLAN is also available.

-- Grid'5000 Team 16:00, 23 July 2018 (CET)

Rss.svgUpdated Hardware and Network description

A detailed description of all Grid'5000 resources is now available on the Grid'5000 wiki, and generated on a regular basis from the Reference API, so that it stays up-to-date. (As you probably know, the Grid'5000 reference API provides a full description of Grid'5000 as JSON documents). Check out those pages:

Rss.svgDebian 9 environments now use predictable network interfaces names

All our Debian 9 environments have now been modified to use predictable network interfaces names (eno1, ens1, enp2s0, etc. instead of the traditional eth0, eth1, etc.), which is now the default on Debian and most other distributions. You can read more about this standard on .

Because Grid'5000 nodes use different hardware in each cluster, the default network interface name varies, depending on whether it is included on the motherboard or an external NIC plugged in a PCI Express slot.

The mapping between old and new names is available on each site's Hardware page, such as .

Some useful commands:

  • ip link show up : show network interfaces that are up
  • ip -o link show up : show network interfaces that are up (one-line format)
  • ip addr show up : show network addresses for interfaces that are up
  • ip -4 addr show up : show network addresses for interfaces that are up (IPv4 only)
  • ip -o -4 addr show up : show network addresses for interfaces that are up (IPv4 only, one-line format)

If you want to stick with the old behaviour, you can either:

  • use older versions of the environments, available in /grid5000
  • change the environment description (kadeploy .dsc file) and add "--net traditional-names" to the call to g5k-postinstall.

Typically, that would mean:

  1. Get the current environment description:
kaenv3 -p debian9-x64-min > myenv.dsc
  1. edit myenv.dsc, find the "script:" line, and add "--net traditio"...

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Grid'5000 sites

Current funding

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


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Université Grenoble Alpes, Grenoble INP
Université Rennes 1, Rennes
Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse / INSA / FERIA / Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
Université Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux
Université Lille 1, Lille
École Normale Supérieure, Lyon

Regional councils

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
Hauts de France