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CERFACS is a basic and applied research center, specialized in modeling and numerical simulation. Trough its facilities and expertise in High Performance Computing, CERFACS deals with major scientific and technical research problems of public and industrial interest.

CERFACS hosts interdisciplinary researchers such as physicians, applied mathematicians, numerical analysts, software engineers who design and develop innovative methods and software solutions to meet  the needs of the aeronautics, space, climate, energy and environmental fields.

CERFACS is involved in major national and international projects and is strongly interacting with its seven shareholders : Airbus Group, Cnes, EDF, Météo France, Onera, Safran et Total. It is also associated  with partners like CNRS (Associated Research Unit), Irit (common laboratory), CEA and Inria (cooperation agreements).

 

Key dates

1987 Creation of a CERFACS Scientific Group with 11 members : Aérospatiale, Cnes, CNRS, INPT, Inria, Insa, Matra-Marconi Space, Météo-France, Onera, Midi-Pyrénées.
1988 CERFACS becomes a public benefit corporation
1996 CERFACS becomes a civil society with four associated structures : Aérospatiale, later becoming EADS, then Airbus Group, Cnes, Météo-France and EDF.
1999 Creation of the CERFACS-CNRS associated research unit, the Sciences de l' Univers at CERFACS (Ura 1875)  collaboration agreement with CEA in the field of advanced computing methods
2004 Safran becomes a new CERFACS' partner
2006 Onera becomes a new CERFACS' partner
2008 Total becomes a new CERFACS' partner
2009 Creation of a joint Inria / CERFACS laboratory
2013 Cooperation agreement Inria / CERFACS
2015 The tenth computer set at CERFACS since 1996 occupies the 388° place in the top 500 delivering a peak power of 242 Tflop/s

 

CERFACS aims to

  • Develop scientific and technical researches in order to improve advanced computing methods, including a better consideration of the related physical processes  as well as the development of performing algorithms for the new computers' architectures,
  • Allow either solely or shared access to computers with new architecture,  being able to gain performances,
  • Transfer this scientific  knowledge and technical methods for application to big industrial sectors,
  • Train high qualified people and offer an advanced training for the fields and selected application themes.

NEWS

Invited communication to the BIDS'17 conference

thual |  12 December 2017

During an invited communication to the « Big Data from Space 2017 » conference, CERFACS presented the stakes and the perspectives of its strategic axis "Data Driven Modeling" from the point of view of the valorization of satellite data. For more details, see the article:...Read more


One Cerfacs’ proposal accepted in PRACE 15th call

superadmin |  4 December 2017

This study focuses on Hall-effect thrusters, which were first invented in the 1960s. Although such systems have been extensively studied, the detailed physics of the magnetized plasmas in these thrusters is very complex and several plasma processes that have direct influence on the thruster...Read more

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