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High Performance Computing

High performance computing

High performance computing is a transverse activity at CERFACS involving all sectors. Since the institution of the Top500, the official listing of the most powerful super computers in the wolrd, a doubling of the peak performance is observed every four years.  This increase of computational resources allows to tackle via numerical simulation  ever more complex phenomena  with increase precision  if you are able to efficiently use the new technologies that allowed for this new performance.

Evolution Top500

Evolution Top500

All aspects of research at CERFACS benefit from this performance increase:  Engine and turbine simulations, aeroacoustic studies,  climate change prospective analysis, development of numerical methods and algorithms specifically for high performance computing, etc …

Technology watch

An important aspect of the high performance computing (HPC) activity at CERFACS relies on code modernisation and method adaptation to future  architectures. This involves:

  • A permanent technology watch on emerging architectures and applications.
  • Code optimisation
  • Adaptation and refactoring of current codes to new technologies
  • New  codes taking advantage of cuting edge  numerical methods and algorithms.


This activity relies on:

  • close collaborations with technology developers and providers.
    • Close collaboration with Intel concerning AVBP optimisation for ManyCores environment,
    • Close collaboration with IBM and Nvidia concerning codes optimisation on IBM Power and GPU environment,
    • Collaboration with Lenovo concerning AVBP optimisation and its preparation for futures technologies,
  • continuous porting and optimisation of applications on various architectures.
    • Since 2014 CERFACS is identified by Intel as an “Intel Parallel Computing Center (Intel IPCC)”
  • close collaboration with national and international computing centers.
    • Cerfacs regularly participate to large supercomputers pre-production phase. In 2015, several major challenges from CERFACS have Highlighted the Occigen configuration of CINES and turing configuration of Idris
    • Specific partner relationship linked CERFACS to CEA and CINES.
  • Access to leadership class systems worldwide to develop and foster fringe simulations via international access programs (ex: PRACE, INCITE)


  • Parametric ignition sequence of an aeronautic burner. Grand Challenge simulated on TURING (IDRIS/GENCI IBM BlueGene Q system). D. Barré, L. Esclaffez, G. Staffelbach, L.Y.M. Gicquel, E. Riber, B. Cuenot.


Séquence d'allumage paramétrique d'un bruleur aéronautique. Grand Challenge réalisé sur l'IBM Blue Gene de l'Idris.

Parametric ignition sequence of an aeronautical burner

  • Cyclone (here on Madagascar) visualised using the instantaneous OLR (Outgoing Longwave Radiation, exprimé en W/m2). Generated on the PRACE CURIE system using the NEMO-WRF model. CERFACS’ participation to the assembly of this model on the ANR project PULSATION.
 Cyclone (ici sur Madagascar) visualisé par le champ instantané d'OLR (Outgoing Longwave Radiation, exprimé en W/m2) produit sur la machine PRACE CURIE grâce au modèle NEMO-WRF. Le Cerfacs a participé à l'assemblage de ce modèle dans le cadre du projet ANR PULSATION.

Numerical cyclone

  • Confined domain explosion prediction – INCITE 2014 project. Argonne National Labs. – D. Barré, P. Quillatre, O.Vermorel, G. Staffelbach, D. Veynante, T. Poinsot
Prédiction d'explosion en milieu confiné, recherches CERFACS

Explosions in building



Distinction for the book “The Human Face of Computing”

superadmin |  25 July 2017

The book "The Human Face of Computing" was selected as one of the notable books in the "21st Annual Best of Computing - Notable Books and Articles" compiled by Computing Reviews. Mrs Francoise Chatelin contributed to this book with the chapter "Qualitative Computing"Read more

Extreme CFD workshop of the SUCCESS scientific group in Toulouse, 17-21 July 2017.

superadmin |  24 July 2017

The first edition of the Extreme CFD workshop was held in Toulouse at ENSEEIHT from the 17th to the 21st of July, 2017 under the hospices of the SUCCESS scientific group (). It gathered 25 participants from CERFACS, CORIA, EM2C, IMAG, IMFT, LEGI and SAFRAN TECH grouped in 9 projects. Each project...Read more