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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: 15000 cores, 800 compute-nodes grouped in homogeneous clusters, and featuring various technologies: PMEM, 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 2021-04-15 02:17): 1 current events, 1 planned (details)

Random pick of publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2167 overall):

  • Wazen Shbair, Mathis Steichen, Jérôme François, Radu State. BlockZoom: Large-Scale Blockchain Testbed. ICBC 2019 - IEEE International Conference on Blockchain and Cryptocurrency - Demo, May 2019, Seoul, South Korea. pp.5-6, 10.1109/BLOC.2019.8751230. hal-02403717 view on HAL pdf
  • Manuel Alejandro Diaz-Zapata, Özgür Erkent, Christian Laugier. Instance Segmentation with Unsupervised Adaptation to Different Domains for Autonomous Vehicles. ICARCV 2020 - 16th International Conference on Control, Automation, Robotics and Vision, Dec 2020, Shenzen, China. hal-03041432v2 view on HAL pdf
  • Nicolas Six, Nicolas Herbaut, Camille Salinesi. Quelle Blockchain choisir ? Un outil d'aide à la décision pour guider le choix de technologie Blockchain. INFORSID 2020, Jun 2020, Dijon, France. pp.135-150. hal-02537280 view on HAL pdf
  • Paul Zimmermann. Accuracy of Mathematical Functions in Single, Double, Extended Double and Quadruple Precision. 2021. hal-03141101 view on HAL pdf
  • Vincent Thomas, Gérémy Hutin, Olivier Buffet. Monte Carlo Information-Oriented Planning. 24th ECAI 2020 - European Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Aug 2020, Santiago de Compostela, Spain. hal-02943028 view on HAL pdf

Latest news

Rss.svgDocker cache available inside Grid5000

With the growing use of Docker, you might have experienced some rate limiting when pulling images due to the Docker Hub recent policy change.

As a result, we now provide a Docker cache accessible from inside Grid'5000 at the following address

For configuration instructions and more information, see: Using

-- Grid'5000 Team 09:00, April 13th 2021 (CEST)

Rss.svgGrid'5000 environments now use zstd compression

We are moving the default image archive format used for Grid'5000 environments from tar.gz to tar.zst. Switching to zstd allows for significantly faster decompression speed.

This change is transparent for most usages. Kadeploy will use zstd transparently for environments using it (e.g. new environments), the main impact is that deployment will be faster.

If kameleon is used to generate an environment (thus creating an environment description file and an image archive), it will now automatically use zstd by default.

However if you manually modify the description of an environment and/or regenerate an image archive with tgz-g5k (using the -z switch for zstd), you may have to make sure that both use the same compression.

This change is part of a larger effort to improve the performance of kadeploy.

-- Grid'5000 Team 16:00, March 31st 2021 (CEST)

Rss.svgGuix package manager available on Grid'5000

We now offer the possibility to use Guix on Grid'5000 as a package manager to install new software or build container images without the need to be root.

It is available on frontends and nodes (on standard or deployed *-nfs or *-big environments with your user).

This work has been done in collaboration with the Guix HPC team.

For more information see: Guix

-- Grid'5000 Team 14:20, March 18th 2021 (CET)

Rss.svgNew cluster "grouille" available in Nancy

We have the pleasure to announce that a new cluster named "grouille" is available in Nancy in the default queue.

It features 2 Dell R7525 nodes with two AMD EPYC 7452 32-Core CPUs, two NVidia A100-PCIE-40GB GPUs, 128GB of DDR-4 RAM, one 1.8TB SAS SSD and one 900GB SATA SSD (reservable). The reservation of the Grouille nodes requires using the "exotic" OAR job type.

This cluster has been funded by CPER Cyber Entreprises.

-- Grid'5000 Team 17:00, March 15th 2021 (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