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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.

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 2020-07-10 04:39): No current events, None planned (details)

Random pick of publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2054 overall):

  • Farah Ait Salaht, Frédéric Desprez, Adrien Lebre. An overview of service placement problem in Fog and Edge Computing. Research Report RR-9295, Univ Lyon, EnsL, UCBL, CNRS, Inria, LIP, LYON, France. 2019, pp.1-43. hal-02313711v2 view on HAL pdf
  • Nicolas Turpault, Romain Serizel, Emmanuel Vincent. Semi-supervised triplet loss based learning of ambient audio embeddings. ICASSP 2019, May 2019, Brighton, United Kingdom. hal-02025824 view on HAL pdf
  • Renan Souza. Supporting User Steering In Large-Scale Workflows With Provenance Data. Databases cs.DB. UFRJ, Rio de Janeiro, 2019. English. tel-02418022v3 view on HAL pdf
  • Jad Darrous. Scalable and Efficient Data Management in Distributed Clouds : Service Provisioning and Data Processing. Distributed, Parallel, and Cluster Computing cs.DC. Université de Lyon, 2019. English. NNT : 2019LYSEN077. tel-02508592 view on HAL pdf
  • 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

Latest news

Rss.svgRefactoring of the users' portal

We refactored the users' portal page of the Grid'5000 website, in order to give a better structure to the set of tutorials and guides. Some titles were slightly modified as well as some content, but you should be able to find all the information you were using so far easily.

For new comers, we hope it will be easier to find out efficiently how to use the testbed and its many features.

Also note that we removed the list of pages automatically provided by the wiki engine at the bottom, as we think this was not so relevant. All pages, even the outdated ones, can however still be found in the wiki.

-- Grid'5000 Team 16:00, July 9th 2020 (CEST)

Rss.svgGrid'5000 General Conditions of Use now available

To clarify the legal frame and the application of law surrounding Grid'5000 usage, we added a "General Conditions of Use" document to the Usage Policy.

From now on, usage of Grid'5000 must be in accordance with those two documents:

-- Grid'5000 Team 17:00, June 30th 2020 (CEST)

Rss.svgNew monitoring service for Grid'5000 available for beta testing

We are happy to announce a new service to provide environmental and performance metrics monitoring for Grid'5000 experiments.

The service uses the Kwollect framework and currently makes following metrics available:

- Energy consumption from dedicated “wattmetre” devices (currently available for some clusters in Lyon, Grenoble, Nancy) - Metrics collected from nodes’ Board Management Controller (out-of-band management hardware, such as Dell iDRAC), such as ambient temperature, hardware component temperature, energy consumption from PSU, fan speed, etc. - Traffic collected from network devices - Energy consumption from PDU, when available

It is also planned to add more metrics in the future.

The service documentation is available at:

The service is currently in beta. Many things may change in the future. Feel free to give us your feedback at

-- Grid'5000 Team 16:00, June 30th 2020 (CEST)

Rss.svgGrid’5000 resources now available through the Fed4FIRE federation.

We have the pleasure to announce that Grid’5000 is now accessible through the Fed4FIRE European testbed federation.

Fed4FIRE is the largest federation worldwide of Next Generation Internet (NGI) testbeds, which provide open, accessible and reliable facilities supporting a wide variety of different research and innovation communities and initiatives in Europe.

The Grid’5000 Aggregate Manager will allow the provisioning of Grid’5000 nodes to members of the federation using the federation’s jFed-Experiment application, or tools designed to access GENI testbeds.

Please note that functions related to VLANs and inter-testbed stitching are still in development, and cannot yet be performed through the Aggregate Manager.

Grid’5000 users wanting to use the aggregate manager should link their Fed4FIRE account to their Grid’5000 one using the process described in the wiki.

-- Grid'5000 Team 11:30, June 29th 2020 (CEST)

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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