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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: 12000 cores, 800 compute-nodes grouped in homogeneous clusters, and featuring various technologies: GPU, SSD, NVMe, 10G and 25G Ethernet, Infiniband, Omni-Path
  • 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.

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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 2019-08-25 14:06): 1 current events, 1 planned (details)

Random pick of publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2033 overall):

  • Adrien Lebre, Jonathan Pastor, Anthony Simonet, Mario Südholt. Putting the Next 500 VM Placement Algorithms to the Acid Test: The Infrastructure Provider Viewpoint. IEEE Transactions on Parallel and Distributed Systems, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, 2018, pp.1-14. 10.1109/TPDS.2018.2855158. hal-01816248 view on HAL pdf
  • Issam Raïs, Mathilde Boutigny, Laurent Lefèvre, Anne-Cécile Orgerie, Anne Benoit. Building the Table of Energy and Power Leverages for Energy Efficient Large Scale Systems. HPCS: International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation, Jul 2018, Orléans, France. pp.284-291, 10.1109/HPCS.2018.00056. hal-01845970 view on HAL pdf
  • Francieli Zanon Boito, Jean-François Méhaut, Thierry Deutsch, Brice Videau, Frédéric Desprez. Instrumental Data Management and Scientific Workflow Execution: the CEA case study. IPDPSW 2019 - International Parallel and Distributed Processing Symposium Workshops (MPP - Parallel Programming Model), May 2019, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. pp.1-8. hal-02076963 view on HAL pdf
  • Valentin Reis. Learning to control large-scale parallel platforms. Distributed, Parallel, and Cluster Computing cs.DC. Université Grenoble Alpes, 2018. English. NNT : 2018GREAM045. tel-01965150v2 view on HAL pdf
  • Vinícius Garcia Pinto. Performance Analysis Strategies for Task-based Applications on Hybrid Platforms. Distributed, Parallel, and Cluster Computing cs.DC. Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul - UFRGS; UGA - Université Grenoble Alpes, 2018. English. tel-01962333 view on HAL pdf

Latest news

Rss.svgA new version of tgz-g5k has been released

We have released a new version of tgz-g5k. Tgz-g5k is a a tool that allow you to extract a Grid'5000 environment tarball from a running node. The tarball can therefore be used by kadeploy to re-deploy the image on different nodes/reservations (see Advanced Kadeploy for more details)

The new version has two major improvements:

  1. tgz-g5k is now compatible with Ubuntu and Centos
  2. tgz-g5k is directly usable on frontends (you do not need to use it through ssh anymore).

To use tgz-g5k from a frontend, you can execute the following command:

  frontend$ tgz-g5k -m MY_NODE -f ~/MY_TARBALL.tgz

In case of specific or non-deployed environments: - tgz-g5k can use a specific user id to access nodes, by using the parameter -u (by default tgz-g5k accesses nodes as root) - tgz-g5k can access node with oarsh/oarcp instead of ssh/scp, by using the parameter -o (by default tgz-g5k uses ssh/scp)

Note that tg5-g5k is still compatible with the previous command line. For the record, you had to use previously the following command:

  frontend$ ssh root@MY_NODE tgz-g5k > ~/MY_TARBALL.tgz

-- Grid'5000 Team 15:00, 07 August 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgEnabling GPU level resource reservation in OAR

We have now put in service the GPU level resource reservation in OAR in Grid'5000. OAR now allows one to reserve one (or some) of the GPUs of a server hosting many GPUs, letting the other GPUs of the server available for other jobs.

Only the reserved GPUs will be available for computing in the job, as reported by the nvidia-smi command for instance.

  • To reserve one GPU in a site, one can now run: $ oarsub -l gpu=1 ...
  • To reserve 2 GPUs on a host which possibly has more than 2 GPUs, one can run: $ oarsub -l host=1/gpu=2 ...
  • To reserve whole nodes (servers) with all GPUs, one can still run: $ oarsub -l host=3 -p "gpu_count > 0"
  • To reserve specific GPU models, one can use the "gpu_model" property in a filter: $ oarsub -l gpu=1 -p "gpu_model = 'Tesla V100'"
  • One can also filter on the cluster name after looking at the hardware pages for the description of the clusters: $ oarsub -l gpu=1 -p "cluster = 'chifflet'"

Finally, please notice that the drawgantts offer options to display GPUs.

-- Grid'5000 Team 17:00, 10 July 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgNetwork-level federation available between Grid'5000 and Fed4FIRE (and beyond)

It is now possible to connect Grid'5000 resources to other testbeds from Fed4FIRE. This is implemented by on-demand "stitching" between KaVLAN VLANs and VLANs provided by RENATER and GEANT that connect us to a Software Defined Exchange (SDX) hosted by IMEC in Belgium. This SDX is also connected to other SDXes in the US, which should make it possible to combine resources from Grid'5000 and US testbeds such as GENI, Chameleon or CloudLab.

For more information, see

-- Grid'5000 Team 15:00, 9 July 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgGrid'5000 links to the Internet upgraded to 10Gbps

Thanks to Renater which provides Grid'5000 network connectivity, we just upgraded our connection to the Internet to 10Gbps.

You should experience faster downloads and an increased speed when loading your data on the platform!

-- Grid'5000 Team 08:00, 9 July 2019 (CET)

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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