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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 2021-01-18 12:07): 2 current events, 1 planned (details)

Random pick of publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 1729 overall):

  • Yahya Al-Dhuraibi, Fawaz Paraiso, Nabil Djarallah, Philippe Merle. Elasticity in Cloud Computing: State of the Art and Research Challenges. IEEE Transactions on Services Computing (TSC), 2017, pp.18. 10.1109/TSC.2017.2711009. hal-01529654 view on HAL pdf
  • Antoine Mandel, Amir Sani. A Machine Learning Approach to the Forecast Combination Puzzle. 2017. halshs-01317974v3 view on HAL pdf
  • Imran Sheikh, Dominique Fohr, Irina Illina. Topic segmentation in ASR transcripts using bidirectional rnns for change detection. ASRU 2017 - IEEE Automatic Speech Recognition and Understanding Workshop, Dec 2017, Okinawa, Japan. 2017, proceedings of IEEE ASRU 2017. hal-01599682 view on HAL pdf
  • Marcos Dias de Assuncao, Radu Carpa, Laurent Lefèvre, Olivier Glück, Piotr Borylo, et al.. Designing and Building SDN Testbeds for Energy-Aware Traffic Engineering Services. Photonic Network Communications, Springer Verlag, 2017, 34 (3), pp.396--410. 10.1007/s11107-017-0709-9. hal-01539656 view on HAL pdf
  • David Glesser. Road to exascale: Improving scheduling performances and reducing energy consumption with the help of end-users. Distributed, Parallel, and Cluster Computing cs.DC. Univ. Grenoble Alpes, 2016. English. tel-01425620 view on HAL pdf

Latest news

Rss.svgNew Grid'5000 API's documentation and specification

Grid'5000 API's documentation has been updated. Before this update, the documentation contained both the specification and tutorials of the API (with some parts also present in the wiki).

To be more consistent, provides now only the specification (HTTP paths, parameters, payload, …). All tutorials were moved (along with being updated) to the Grid'5000's wiki.

The new API specification can be viewed with two tools: The first one allows to read the specification and find information ; the second one allows to discover the API thanks to a playground.

Please note that the specification may contain errors. Please report any of such errors to Support Staff.

-- Grid'5000 Team 14:30, January 11th 2021 (CET)

Rss.svgImportant changes in the privileges levels of users

Each Grid'5000 user is a member of at least one granting access group, which depends on their situation (location, laboratory, ...).

Each group is given a privilege level (bronze, silver, gold), depending on how the related organization is involved in Grid'5000's development and support.

Until now, however, these levels had no impact on how Grid'5000 could be used.

Starting from December 10th, 2020, each user will be granted different usages on the testbed depending on their privileges level. In particular:

  • While every level continues to give access to the Grid'5000 default queue (most of Grid'5000 resources) ;
  • Access to the production and besteffort queues will only be granted to silver and gold levels.

The complete description of each level of privileges is available here.

The privilege level of the groups a user is a member of is shown in the "group" tab of the management interface.

Note that if a user is a member of several groups, one is set as default and is implicitly used when submitting jobs.

But the "--project" OAR option can also set explicitly which group the job should use. For instance:

oarsub -I -q production --project=myothergroup

Do not hesitate to contact the Support Staff for any questions related to the privilege levels.

-- Grid'5000 Team 15:30, December 8st 2020 (CET)

Rss.svgReminder: Testing phase of the new monitoring service named Kwollect

As a reminder, the testing phase of Kwollect, the new monitoring solution for Grid'5000, is still ongoing.

Some new features are available since the last announcement :

  • Support for Prometheus metrics
  • Basic visualization dashboard
  • Fine-tuning of on-demand metrics
  • Ability to push your own metrics

See: Monitoring Using Kwollect

Do not hesitate to give us some feedback!

Kwollect is intended to replace the legacy monitoring systems, Kwapi and Ganglia, in the (hopefully) near future.

-- Grid'5000 Team 09:00, December 1st 2020 (CET)

Rss.svgNew IBM POWER8 cluster "drac" available for beta testing in Grenoble

We are happy to announce that a new cluster "drac" is available in the testing queue in Grenoble.

The cluster has 12 "Minsky" nodes from IBM, more precisely "Power Systems S822LC for HPC".

Each node has 2x10 POWER8 cores, 4 Tesla P100 GPU, and 128 GB of RAM. The GPUs are directly interconnected with a NVLINK fabric. Support for Infiniband 100G and kavlan is planned to be added soon.

This is the first cluster in Grid'5000 using the POWER architecture, and we are also aware of some stability issues related to GPUs, hence the "beta testing" status for now.

Feedback is highly welcome on performance and stability, as well as on our software environment for this new architecture.

Note that, since the CPU architecture is not x86, you need to explicitly ask for an "exotic" job type when reserving the nodes. For instance, to get a single GPU:

grenoble$ oarsub -I -q testing -t exotic -l gpu=1

More information on the hardware is available at Grenoble:Hardware

Acknowledgment: This cluster was donated by GENCI, many thanks to them. It was formerly known as the Ouessant platform of Genci's Cellule de Veille Technologique.

-- Grid'5000 Team 15:50, November 26th 2020 (CET)

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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