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Welcome to Grid'5000 official web site

5000 CPUs distributed in 9 sites for research in Grid Computing, eScience and Cyber-infrastructures

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Grid eXplorer days

October 12th and 13th, IDRIS, Orsay. Grid eXplorer users, take this opportunity to present your last research results obtained using GdX.

Journées Grid'5000 à Lille

October 30th and 31th, Grid'5000's days will take place in Lille. Project/Platform presentations and tutorials will be proposed.

SuperComputing 2006


SuperComputing 2006 will take place in Tampa, Florida (USA) from November 11th to 17th.

Grid'5000@Paristic 2006

The 2006's edition of Parsitic will be hosted by the LORIA in Nancy, from November 22th to 24th.

PlugTest 2006

PlugTest 2006

GRIDS@work: CoreGRID Conference, Grid Plugtests and Contest will take place in ETSI Headquarters, Sophia-Antipolis from November, 27th to December, 1st.


Grid'5000 network interlink migration toward Renater4

The migration of our network interlink is in progress... Rennes, Nancy, Toulouse, Lille and Grenoble and Sophia are now interconnected using the new infrastructure (dark fiber), with already a 10Gb link between Sophia, Rennes and Nancy.

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Grid'5000 at a glance

Grid'5000 sites
  • Grid'5000 project aims at building a highly reconfigurable, controlable and monitorable experimental Grid platform gathering 9 sites geographically distributed in France featuring a total of 5000 CPUs:


  • The main purpose of this platform is to serve as an experimental testbed for research in Grid Computing.
  • This project is one initiative of the French ACI Grid incentive (see below: Funding Institutions) which provides a large part of Grid'5000 funding on behalf of the French Ministry of Research & Education.

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Grid'5000 will allow Grid experiments France wide in all these software layers
  • Grid'5000 is a research effort developping a large scale nation wide infrastructure for Grid research.
  • 17 laboratories are involved, nation wide, in the objective of providing the community of Grid researchers a testbed allowing experiments in all the software layers between the network protocols up to the applications.

The current plans are to assemble a physical platform featuring 9 local platform (at least one cluster per site), each with 100 to a thousand PCs, connected by the RENATER Education and Research Network.

All clusters will be connected to Renater with a 10Gb/s link (or at least 1 Gb/s, when 10Gb/s is not available yet).

This high collaborative research effort is funded by the French ministry of Education and Research, INRIA, CNRS, the Universities of all sites and some regional councils.


The foundations of Grid'5000 have emerged from a thorough analysis and numerous discussions about methodologies used for scientific research in the Grid domain. A report presents the rationale for Grid'5000.

In addition to theory, simulators and emulators, there is a strong need for large scale testbeds where real life experimental conditions hold. The size of Grid'5000, in terms of number of sites and number of CPUs per site, was established according to the scale of the experiments and the number of researchers involved in the project.

Funding Institutions

Ministère de l'Education, de la Jeunesse et de la Recherche


ACI Grid







University of Paris Sud, Orsay
University Joseph Fourier, Grenoble
University of Nice-Sophia Antipolis, Sophia Antipolis
University of Rennes 1, Rennes
Institut National Polytechnique de Toulouse / INSA / FERIA / Université Paul Sabatier, Toulouse
University Bordeaux 1, Bordeaux
University Lille 1 / GENOPOLE, Lille
Ecole Normale Supérieure / MYRICOM, Lyon

Regional councils

Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur
Ile de France

General Councils

Alpes Maritimes