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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



Young PhD day (JDD) – Thursday 8 October 2020

Brigitte Yzel |  24 September 2020

  Ph.D. Students' Day (JDD 2020) Thursday 8 October 2020 Virtual event open to our partners and associates   Planning   The 2020 edition of the PhD Students' Day will take place on October 8th, 2020. This year, this day of the PhD students of the Cerfacs, will take place mainly in visio in order to respect all the health safety measures relating to Covid-19. This day will be held in a virtual way through oral presentations filmed and broadcast on a private link, which we will distribute to all participants. Everyone will thus be able to discover at a distance the subjects developed by the doctoral students. At the same time, the "Posters session" will be opened on the morning of the JDD, by sending all the posters in pdf format by e-mail to all the participants for consultation, and by opening the "50-minute question session" on a channel whose links we will send you. This will allow participants to ask questions about the posters of the session. Finally, we have included in this 5th edition a great novelty, by allowing several students to present their subject in the popularised form of "My thesis in 3 minutes", guided by Matthieu Pouget, actor and theatre director. This day will end with the vote for the "Best poster" and the "Best presentation of My thesis in 3 minutes". Participation in the event is free of charge. However, for logistical reasons, registration, only by invitation, is mandatory.   Organising Committee:  Scientific committee  Nicolas Venkovic Victor Xing Inscription &  information Jade Schweiger Brigitte Yzel  Read more

Sparse Days 2020, Cerfacs

Brigitte Yzel |  24 September 2020

Sparse Days Meeting 2020  23 - 24 November 2020 Virtual Workshop   The annual Sparse Days meeting will be held this year as a virtual event, on 23 - 24 November 2020. Sadly, because of the pandemic, we will not be able to have a normal face-to-face Sparse Days at Cerfacs this year. We will be holding an online version from 3pm to 7pm on 23 and 24 November. The timing is chosen to accommodate participants from North America since, at normal Sparse Days, we have a good representation from there. A registration form  is available on this conference website where you can also submit a title and an abstract for any proposed talk. We will probably be using the Webex system and will post details about how to connect to all people who register.Read more