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2014 News


November 2014

CEA booth' at SC14, the most famous conference in HPC- New Orleans Louisiana (17-20th November 2014).

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November 2014

2014 HPCwire Awards : Best use of HPC in Automotive

Biggest car optimization study by Renault SAS on PRACE.

Renault together with ESI Group and Ecole Mines St Etienne has been granted by PRACE with 42 million core hours on CURIE for performing the biggest multi-physics
car optimization study ever made.

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November 13th, 2014

CCRT 2014 Day

The 2014 CCRT Day took place at TGCC in Bruyères-le-Châtel
on Thursday, November 13th.

To find out more http://www-ccrt.cea.fr (in French)

Journée CCRT 2014


September 22-23, 2014 - Reims - France

Lustre Administrators and Developers Workshop

EOFS and OpenSFS are organizing the fourth European Lustre Workshop, called Lustre Administrators and Developers Workshop. It will take place in Reims, at Domaine Pommery during 2 days, 22nd and 23rd of September, 2014.

This will be a great opportunity for LustreTM worldwide administrators and developers to gather and exchange their experiences, developments, tools, good practices and more.

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LAD 2014


July 1st  and 2nd, 2104

CEA/DIF was at TERATEC Forum

July 1st  and 2nd, Ecole Polytechnique: TERATEC Forum gathered 1200 participants, experts in HPC and users of high-end simulation, from academia or industry, including 90 speakers in plenary or topical sessions over the two days. 65 exhibitors were also present. TERATEC Forum once again illustrated French HPC momentum, and will celebrate its tenth anniversary next year. CEA organized or co-organized three of the Forum topical workshops: “HPC & Big Data applications and solution architectures”; HPC & Big Data software components and tools”; “Material simulation”.

CEA/DIF was at TERATEC Forum


May 22nd, 2014

Leading European research organisations sign agreement to coordinate the development of the HPC technology value chain in Europe

Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), Cineca Consorzio interuniversitario (CINECA), Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) and Forschungszentrum Jülich (FZJ) have agreed to coordinate themselves in order to continue the implementation of the European High Performance Computing (HPC) strategy through technology development as proposed in Horizon 2020. The objectives of the agreement are to coordinate HPC R&D and Innovation efforts of the partners, leveraging joint efforts for better effectiveness; to help building a globally competitive value chain and HPC flagship industry from hardware to applications; to support the EU HPC strategy defined at the level of the European Commission, and collaborate in alignment with it.

Together with HPC industrials, the partners are active members of the European Technology Platform for High Performance Computing (ETP4HPC). They design and operate word-class computing infrastructures and systems for the Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe (PRACE) and as national platforms. Their skills in specifying HPC technology for future challenges, deploying and evaluating HPC systems as well as providing user support are strong assets in the co-design of efficient high-end computing systems for science and industry. The partners will bring the experience of sites already hosting unique large-scale systems along with exceptional research teams and strong HPC partnerships.

This will provide a favorable environment for collaborative test-beds for hardware and software prototypes to be developed as part of research and development (R&D) projects, such as those which respond to Horizon 2020 calls, as well as facilitating the early deployment of fully fledged systems which may result from such projects. These systems promise to spearhead a profound shift towards new approaches to high-end simulation, working towards objectives established in Horizon 2020 such as helping address societal challenges, strengthening industrial leadership and the EU’s position in science and research.

The agreement, open to further participation, emphasises the strategic importance of HPC and of its development at European level all along the value chain, from hardware and software technologies to infrastructures and services, through to computing and data intensive applications in key areas of interest for science, industry and society.

About Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)

Barcelona Supercomputing Center - Centro Nacional de Supercomputación (BSC-CNS) - serves as the National Supercomputing Facility in Spain. The centre hosts MareNostrum, one of the most powerful supercomputers in Europe. The mission of the BSC-CNS is to research, develop and manage information technologies with the larger goal of facilitating scientific innovation. It strives to attain these goals by focusing on technology and innovation in the areas of Computational Sciences, Life Sciences and Earth Sciences. The Computer Science Department focuses on adapting both currently available and cutting-edge hardware and software technologies to supercomputing infrastructures. The Earth Sciences Department carries out research in earth systems modelling, focusing on atmospheric physics and chemistry. The Life Sciences Department integrates a broad range of interconnected research areas in computational biology, from genomics to computational biochemistry.

About Cineca Consorzio interuniversitario (CINECA)

CINECA, established in 1969, is the Italian supercomputing facility, one of the largest in Europe; its HPC infrastructure is equipped with cutting-edge technology and it offers highly-qualified personnel which cooperates with researchers and customers for the most effective exploitation of the HPC systems, in both the academic and industrial fields.
SCAI (SuperComputing Applications and Innovation) is the CINECA HPC department. The mission of SCAI is to accelerate the scientific discovery by providing HPC resources, data management and storage systems and tools and HPC services and expertise at large, aiming to develop and promote technical and scientific services related to high-performance computing for the Italian and European research community.

The current HPC infrastructure offers, as main system,  a Tier-0 IBM BG/Q, FERMI, (10 Frames, 163840 cores with 1GB RAM per core and a peak performance of 2 PFlop/s).

About Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA)

CEA is a major player all along the value chain of HPC from R&D - development of silicon technology, architecture of processors, system integration, software environments and tools – to usages of numerical simulation in many different areas, corresponding to the missions of CEA and its more than 16 000 staff members in the development of low carbon energies, technologies for health, information technology, defence and global security, and underlying fundamental research for all these objectives.
CEA also owns and operates two world-class computing infrastructures (TERA and TGCC), and deploys related HPC services, for the benefit of national and European research, industry and defence - access to HPC for industry has been developed for 10 years at CEA “CCRT”, Computing Centre for Research and Technology.

About Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ)

The Forschungszentrum Jülich – a member of the Helmholtz Association – is one of the largest research centres in Europe. It pursues cutting-edge interdisciplinary research addressing the challenges facing society in the fields of health, energy and the environment, and information technologies. Within the Forschungszentrum, the Jülich Supercomputing Centre (JSC) is one of the three national supercomputing centres in Germany as part of the Gauss Centre for Supercomputing (GCS). Presently, JSC operates a European Tier-0 system “Juqueen“ at 5.9 Petaflop/s peak performance. JSC has over 50 years of expertise in providing supercomputer services to national and international user communities, in HPC related research in selected fields of physics and other natural sciences, in support of users, education and training.

April 2014

5th European Workshop on HPC Centre Infrastructures

5th European Workshop on HPC Centre Infrastructures

This event took place in Essonne April 1st to 3rd, organized by CEA/DIF, a founder of this series of event launched in 2009 with CSCS – Switzeland – and LRZ – Bavaria – supercomputing centres. More than 60 participants, mostly from supercomputing centres from Europe but from the USA and Australia as well, and from supercomputer vendors, were present this year, to exchange experience, talk state-of-the-art and perspectives regarding design and energy efficiency of large computing infrastructures, and visit TGCC.

5th European Workshop on HPC Centre Infrastructures
5th European Workshop on HPC Centre Infrastructures

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This event was sponsored by CEA, CSCS, GCS and PRACE.


April 9, 2014


Organised by ETP4HPC (CEA Office) and TERATEC together with DG-CONNECT of the European Commission

This Info Day was the first public event within the charter of the PPP on HPC. On December 17th, 2013, ETP4HPC, the European Technology Platform (ETP) in the area of High-Performance Computing (HPC) and the European Commission (EC) established a contractual Public-Private Partnership (PPP) for supporting the development of the European HPC eco-system and facilitate the achievement of research and investment objectives in the area of HPC technology provision, application development and sustainable HPC infrastructure.


The HPC PPP is one of the eight contractual PPP’s launched last December in the frame of the Horizon 2020 Programme for Research and Innovation (2014-2020).
The programme of this Infoday included the PPP’s objectives, the European HPC strategy, PRACE contribution to the ecosystem, and the Calls for Proposals related to HPC in the Work Programme 2014-2015 of the Excellent Science pillar of Horizon 2020 (Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) and e-infrastructures).
The event gathered 140 participants from 20 countries at Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris. It offered an exceptional opportunity for many direct questions and exchanges with DG-CONNECT – as well as networking between participants.

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2-4 april 2104

2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures - Athènes

Dr. Jean Gonnord from CEA/DAM, vice-president of ETP4HPC, was a panelist in Plenary Session 3 “Innovation Potential of Research Infrastructures” of this 2nd International Conference on Research Infrastructures, and presented how HPC can boost innovation.

ICRI 2014  Jean Gonnord


March 2104

Ecosystem, energy efficiency and high performance of computing infrastructures

Marc Duranton, Denis Dutoit, Jean-Philippe Nominé and Jean-Marc Philippe of CEA on the ecosystem, energy efficiency and high performance of computing infrastructures – in Pan European Networks : Science and Technology 10, March 2014.

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January 2014

Summer Schools CEA-EDF-INRIA 2014

  • Computer science, from June 16 till June 20, 2014
  • Numerical analysis, from June 23 till July 4, 2014
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Summer Schools 2014


December 2014