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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 IA.

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 2019-10-16 01:33): 1 current events, 2 planned (details)

Random pick of publications

Five random publications that benefited from Grid'5000 (at least 2037 overall):

  • Issam Raïs, Mathilde Boutigny, Laurent Lefèvre, Anne-Cécile Orgerie, Anne Benoit. Building the Table of Energy and Power Leverages for Energy Efficient Large Scale Systems. HPCS: International Conference on High Performance Computing & Simulation, Jul 2018, Orléans, France. pp.284-291, 10.1109/HPCS.2018.00056. hal-01845970 view on HAL pdf
  • Henri Casanova, Arnaud Legrand, Martin Quinson, Frédéric Suter. SMPI Courseware: Teaching Distributed-Memory Computing with MPI in Simulation. EduHPC-18 - Workshop on Education for High-Performance Computing, Nov 2018, Dallas, United States. pp.1-10. hal-01891513 view on HAL pdf
  • Pierre Spitéri, Amar Ouaoua, Ming Chau, Hacène Boutabia. Parallel solution of the discretized and linearized G-heat equation. International Journal of High Performance Computing and Networking, Inderscience, 2018, 11 (1), pp.66-82. 10.1504/IJHPCN.2018.088880. hal-02089321 view on HAL pdf
  • Bruno Donassolo, Ilhem Fajjari, Arnaud Legrand, Panayotis Mertikopoulos. FogIoT Orchestrator: an Orchestration System for IoT Applications in Fog Environment. 1st Grid’5000-FIT school, Apr 2018, Sophia Antipolis, France. pp.1-3, 2018. hal-01859689 view on HAL pdf
  • Rafael Ferreira da Silva, Anne-Cécile Orgerie, Henri Casanova, Ryan Tanaka, Ewa Deelman, et al.. Accurately Simulating Energy Consumption of I/O-intensive Scientific Workflows. ICCS 2019 - International Conference on Computational Science, Jun 2019, Faro, Portugal. pp.138-152, 10.1007/978-3-030-22734-0_11. hal-02112893 view on HAL pdf

Latest news

Rss.svgDefault environments and frontends to be updated to Debian 10 "Buster"

Dear users,

We are planning to upgrade nodes default environement (the "-std" variant, provided when deployment is not used) to Debian 10 "Buster". Switchover is scheduled on September, 26th.

In addition, frontends will also be upgraded on October 3rd (It has already been upgraded on Luxembourg site).

Remind that this update may need you to modify your scripts (of course you will still be able to deploy Debian 9 environments).


-- Grid'5000 Team 12:00, 20 September 2019 (CET)

Rss.svgDebian 10 "buster" environments are now available for deployments

Kadeploy images (from min to big) are now available for Debian 10.

New features and changes in Debian 10 are described in:

In particular, it includes many software updates:

  • openjdk 11.0.4
  • Python 3.7.3
    • python-numpy 1.16.2
    • python-scipy 1.2.2
    • python-pandas 0.23.3
  • OpenMPI 3.1.3
  • GCC 7.4 and 8.3
  • G++ 8.3.0
  • Libboost
  • Ruby 2.5.1
  • Cuda 10.1.168 (418.67)
  • CMake 3.13.4
  • GFortran 8.3.0
  • Liblapack 3.8.0
  • libatlas 0.6.4
  • RDMA 24.0

Known regressions and problems are :

Let us know if you want us to support some tools, software,... that are not available on big and std.

As a reminder, this is the way you can use an alternate environment ( :

 $ oarsub -t deploy -I
 $ kadeploy -e debian10-x64-big -f $OAR_NODE_FILE -k

Please report any problem you encounter with the above environments to

-- Grid'5000...

Rss.svgNew cluster available in Nancy: graffiti (52 GPUs)

We have the pleasure to announce that the Graffiti cluster in Nancy (production queue) is now fully operational:

It features 13 Dell T640 servers nodes with 2 Intel Silver 4110 (8 cores / 16 threads), 128 GB DDR4, 1x480 GB SSD, 10Gbps Ethernet, and 4 GPU NVidia RTX2080 Ti per node.

As this cluster features 4 GPU per node, we remind you that you can monitor GPU (and node) usage using the Ganglia tool (std environment only):

You can also use the nvidia-smi and htop commands on your reserved nodes to get more information about your GPU/CPU usage.

If your experiments do not require all the GPU of a single node, it is possible to reserve GPU at the resource level (see for some examples).

Finally, if you know how to use GPUs at their max with widely used software (Tensorflow, NAMD, ...) and would like to share your knowledge about this, we will be happy to transform your knowledge into Grid5000 tutorials.

This cluster has been funded by Ihe CPER LCHN project (Langues, Connaissances & Humanités Numériques, Contrat de plan État / Région Lorraine 2015-2020), and the LARSEN and MULTISPEECH teams at LORIA / Inria Nancy Grand Est.

Special thanks go to:

  • Marc Vesin (Inria Sophia) and Marianne Lombard (Inria Saclay) for their contributions and sharing of experiences on the café cluster mailing list which have...

Rss.svgA new version of tgz-g5k has been released

We have released a new version of tgz-g5k. Tgz-g5k is a a tool that allow you to extract a Grid'5000 environment tarball from a running node. The tarball can therefore be used by kadeploy to re-deploy the image on different nodes/reservations (see Advanced Kadeploy for more details)

The new version has two major improvements:

  1. tgz-g5k is now compatible with Ubuntu and Centos
  2. tgz-g5k is directly usable on frontends (you do not need to use it through ssh anymore).

To use tgz-g5k from a frontend, you can execute the following command:

  frontend$ tgz-g5k -m MY_NODE -f ~/MY_TARBALL.tgz

In case of specific or non-deployed environments: - tgz-g5k can use a specific user id to access nodes, by using the parameter -u (by default tgz-g5k accesses nodes as root) - tgz-g5k can access node with oarsh/oarcp instead of ssh/scp, by using the parameter -o (by default tgz-g5k uses ssh/scp)

Note that tg5-g5k is still compatible with the previous command line. For the record, you had to use previously the following command:

  frontend$ ssh root@MY_NODE tgz-g5k > ~/MY_TARBALL.tgz

-- Grid'5000 Team 15:00, 07 August 2019 (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

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Hauts de France