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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 2019-03-25 13:10): No current events, 1 planned (details)

Random pick of publications

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

  • Sophie Cerf, Mihaly Berekmeri, Bogdan Robu, Nicolas Marchand, Sara Bouchenak. Cost Function based Event Triggered Model Predictive Controllers - Application to Big Data Cloud Services. 55th IEEE Conference on Decision and Control (CDC 2016), Dec 2016, Las Vegas, United States. Proceedings of the 55th IEEE International Conference on Decision and Control. hal-01348687 view on HAL pdf
  • Haniel Barbosa, Jasmin Blanchette, Pascal Fontaine. Scalable Fine-Grained Proofs for Formula Processing. Leonardo de Moura. Proc. Conference on Automated Deduction (CADE), 2017, Gotenburg, Sweden. Springer, 10395, pp.398 - 412, 2017, Lecture Notes in Computer Science. 10.1007/978-3-642-02959-2_10. hal-01590922 view on HAL pdf
  • Ovidiu-Cristian Marcu, Alexandru Costan, Gabriel Antoniu, María S. Pérez-Hernández. Spark versus Flink: Understanding Performance in Big Data Analytics Frameworks. Cluster 2016 - The IEEE 2016 International Conference on Cluster Computing, Sep 2016, Taipei, Taiwan. hal-01347638v2 view on HAL pdf
  • Matthieu Zimmer, Yann Boniface, Alain Dutech. Toward a data efficient neural actor-critic. European Workshop on Reinforcement Learning, Dec 2016, Barcelona, Spain. 2016, European Workshop on Reinforcement Learning. hal-01413885 view on HAL pdf
  • Mauricio Alférez, Mathieu Acher, José Galindo, Benoit Baudry, David Benavides. Modeling Variability in the Video Domain: Language and Experience Report. Software Quality Journal, Springer Verlag, 2018, pp.1-28. hal-01688247 view on HAL pdf

Latest news

Rss.svgDisk reservation feature update: more clusters and usable from the standard environment (sudo-g5k)

The disk reservation feature, which allows one to reserve on node local disks, is now available on more clusters:

See the Disk reservation tutorial to understand how to take benefit from this feature.

Also please note that reserved disks are now also exploitable using sudo-g5k in the standard environment (does not require a deploy job).

-- Grid'5000 Team 13:00, 20 March 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgNew group storage service in beta testing, to replace storage5k

In order provide large, persistent and shareable storage among a group of user, we are introducing a new storage service.

This service is now available for beta testing at Lille: if you need to store large amounts of data in Grid'5000, we recommend that you try it!

See for details.

The service will be extended to some other sites after the beta testing phase.

This service aims at replacing storage5k, and existing storage5k services will be shutdown.

On Nancy and Luxembourg, the storage5k service will be retired on 2019-03-19, to free space in the server room for new machines. Other storage5k servers (on other sites) will be shutdown after the end of the beta phase of the new service.

If you are currently using Storage5k, your best options are:

  • move data to your home directory (after requesting a disk quota extension if needed)
  • move data to OSIRIM
  • move data to the group storage service in Lille

See for an overview of our storage options. (Note that we currently have two open issues with quota extensions and OSIRIM. If you submit a quota extension but do not receive a reply, or if you cannot access OSIRIM, please contact

-- Grid'5000 Team 15:00, 14 March 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgSupport of Jumbo frames now available

We are pleased to announce that all network equipments of Grid'5000 are now configured to support Jumbo frames (that is, large ethernet frames). We support an MTU (Maximum Transmission Unit) of 9000 bytes everywhere (including between Grid'5000 sites).

By default the reference and standard environments are still configured with a default MTU of 1500, but you can change the configuration (ip link set dev <device> mtu 9000) if needed. The same MTU value works from inside KaVLAN networks.

-- Grid'5000 Team 16:10, 06 March 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgUpdate about Kwapi status

For some time now there were several issues with kwapi monitoring of energy consumption and network traffic on Grid5000.

After some investigations, we made these actions to fix the problems:

  • Network monitoring has been disabled in Kwapi (servers were overloaded)
  • Code has been optimized and many bugs have been fixed.
  • Reliability problems with measurements made on some Power Delivery Units have been identified and Kwapi has been disabled on clusters where these problems are too important.
  • The time resolution of some PDUs has been updated in the reference API

Some details about PDU measurements issues can be found here:

The current status of Kwapi energy monitoring can be checked here:

For every clusters marked "green", Kwapi can be considered to be functional.

Cluster where dedicated monitoring devices are available (Lyon and Grenoble) are still fully fonctional.

-- Grid'5000 Team 10:30, 29 January 2019 (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