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Grid'5000

Grid'5000 is a large-scale and flexible 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 and AI.

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.

Grid'5000 is merging with FIT to build the SILECS Infrastructure for Large-scale Experimental Computer Science. Read an Introduction to SILECS (April 2018)


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 2019-12-07 00:38): 3 current events, None planned (details)


Random pick of publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2110 overall):

  • Quan V. Nguyen, Francis Colas, Emmanuel Vincent, François Charpillet. Motion planning for robot audition. Autonomous Robots, Springer Verlag, 2019, 43 (8), pp.2293-2317. 10.1007/s10514-019-09880-1. hal-02188342 view on HAL pdf
  • Giuseppe Di Lena, Andrea Tomassilli, Damien Saucez, Frédéric Giroire, Thierry Turletti, et al.. Mininet on steroids: exploiting the cloud for Mininet performance. IEEE CloudNet - International Conference on Cloud Networking, Nov 2019, Coimbra, Portugal. hal-02359717 view on HAL pdf
  • Mar Callau-Zori, Lavinia Samoila, Anne-Cécile Orgerie, Guillaume Pierre. An experiment-driven energy consumption model for virtual machine management systems. Sustainable Computing : Informatics and Systems, Elsevier, 2018, 18, pp.163-174. 10.1016/j.suscom.2017.11.001. hal-01632962 view on HAL pdf
  • Benjamin Camus, Fanny Dufossé, Anne Blavette, Martin Quinson, Anne-Cécile Orgerie. Network-aware energy-efficient virtual machine management in distributed Cloud infrastructures with on-site photovoltaic production. SBAC-PAD 2018 - International Symposium on Computer Architecture and High Performance Computing, Sep 2018, Lyon, France. pp.1-8. hal-01856657 view on HAL pdf
  • Maha Alsayasneh, Vivien Quéma, Renaud Lachaize. The Case for Dynamic Placement of Distributed Systems Components. Conférence d’informatique en Parallélisme, Architecture et Système 2018 (COMPAS 2018), Jul 2018, Toulouse, France. hal-01885794v2 view on HAL pdf


Latest news

Rss.svgGrid'5000 users survey

We are conducting a survey to help us better understand your needs and make Grid'5000 a better research infrastructure.

We thank you in advance for taking a few minutes to complete it (you can answer in French if you prefer).

The survey is available at:

https://sondages.inria.fr/index.php/672895

It will be open until December, 13rd.

-- Grid'5000 Team 15:00, November 26th 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgNew cluster "gemini" available at Lyon

We have the pleasure to announce you the availability of the new cluster "gemini" at Lyon.

Gemini includes two "Nvidia DGX-1" nodes, each with 8 Nvidia V100 GPUs, 2 Intel Xeon E5-2698 v4 @ 2.20GHz CPUs, 512GB DDR4, Infiniband EDR and 10Gbps Ethernet interfaces and 4 reservable¹ SSD disks.

Energy monitoring is also available for this cluster, provided by the same devices used for the other clusters in Lyon².

Remember that if you don't need the 8 GPUs, individual GPU may be reserved³. A script to install nvidia-docker is also available if you want to use Nvidia's images built for Docker⁴.

This cluster has been funded by the CPER LECO++ Project (FEDER, Région Auvergne-Rhone-Alpes, DRRT, Inria).

¹: https://www.grid5000.fr/w/Disk_reservation

²: https://www.grid5000.fr/w/Energy_consumption_monitoring_tutorial

³: https://www.grid5000.fr/w/Accelerators_on_Grid5000#Reserving_GPU_units_on_nodes_with_many_GPUs

⁴: https://www.grid5000.fr/w/Docker#Nvidia-docker

-- Grid'5000 Team 15:00, November 12th 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgGroup Storage service officially available

We are glad to announce that the Group Storage service is now no longer in beta. Additionally to the two servers in Lille, 5 storage servers in Lyon, Rennes, Nancy, Luxembourg and Sophia are now providing Group Storage volumes on demand.

See https://www.grid5000.fr/w/Group_Storage for details and https://www.grid5000.fr/w/Storage for an overview of our storage options.

-- Grid'5000 Team 11:00, November 12th 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgNew cluster available in Nancy: gros (124 nodes with reservable disks)

We have the pleasure to announce that the Gros cluster in Nancy (default queue) is now available:

It features 124 Dell R640 servers nodes with one Intel Gold 5220 (18 cores / 36 threads), 96 GB DDR4, 1x480 GB SSD + 1x960 GB reservable SSD [1] and 2x25Gbps Ethernet interfaces.

However, the installation of this cluster is not yet fully completed:

  • Two nodes (gros-3 and gros-4) are in an artificial Dead state due to a kavlan issue we still have to fix with the new model of the network switches of Gros network.
  • This cluster will be equipped with a high precision monitoring system for electrical power consumption (Multilab-R, from Omegawatt [2]) that is already used in Grid'5000 at Lyon [3] or Grenoble [4]. It will be available for general use by the beginning of December.
  • At the present time, the uplink between the Gros cluster and the Grid5000 network operates at 10Gbs. It will improved up to 2x40Gb/s in the next month.

This cluster has been funded by the CPER Cyber Entreprises project (Contrat de plan État / Région Lorraine 2015-2020).

Again, many thanks go to the former SIC and SG services at LORIA / Inria Nancy Grand Est for their help and support during this operation.

About the name:

Gros is a french adjective which usually means large, big or fat, but when used as a noun in Lorraine (which is the region Nancy belongs to), it means something else. It is used here generally to talk about people one cares (friends, children, companions). Some examples:

  • Comment que c'est gros ? (how do you do buddy ?). This is the most famous one, and we are pleased to shout it out loud when we enter into gros's server room. It seems to be spreading outside Lorraine as well[5].
  • Les gros sont à l'école (children are at school)
  • Wha gros c'est schteuff ! (Listen my friend, it's amazing !)


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Grid'5000 sites

Current funding

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

INRIA

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CNRS

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Universities

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

Aquitaine
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Bretagne
Champagne-Ardenne
Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
Hauts de France
Lorraine