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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

1987Creation of a Cerfacs Scientific Group with 11 members : Aérospatiale, Cnes, CNRS, INPT, Inria, Insa, Matra-Marconi Space, Météo-France, Onera, Midi-Pyrénées.
1988Cerfacs becomes a public benefit corporation
1996Cerfacs becomes a civil society with four associated structures : Aérospatiale, later becoming EADS, then Airbus Group, Cnes, Météo-France and EDF.
1999Creation 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
2004Safran becomes a new Cerfacs' partner
2006Onera becomes a new Cerfacs' partner
2008Total becomes a new Cerfacs' partner
2009Creation of a joint Inria / Cerfacs laboratory
2013Cooperation agreement Inria / Cerfacs
2015The tenth computer set at Cerfacs since 1996 occupies the 388° place in the top 500 delivering a peak power of 242 Tflop/s
2021Cerfacs becomes a “société par actions simplifiée” with seven associated structures : Airbus, Cnes, Météo-France, EDF, Safran, Onera and Total

 

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

Aeronautics & Space Awards: Carlos Pérez Arroyo, Jérôme Dombard and Gabriel Staffelbach are awarded the Vermeil medal

Brigitte Yzel |  2 December 2022

  Formal Session 2022 of the Air and Space Academy Friday, December 9, 2:00-6:00 pm   📌 in person at the Salle des Illustres - Mairie de Toulouse  💻 and in visio  ✅ Mandatory registration (face-to-face or visio):   During the formal public session of the Air and Space Academy 2022, which will take place on Friday, December 9, starting at 2:00 pm, Salle des Illustres, Hôtel de Ville de Toulouse, in face-to-face and remote sessions, the Vermeil Medal will be awarded (at 5:15 pm) to Carlos PÉREZ-ARROYO, Jérôme DOMBARD, and Gabriel STAFFELBACH to honor the excellence of their work in the realization of the FULLEST project, the first high-fidelity simulation of an aircraft engine.    Read more


CERFACS cited in l’Usine Nouvelle, Industrie et Technologies

Corentin LAPEYRE |  25 November 2022

The work of CERFACS, in collaboration with SAFRAN, on the hybridization of physical simulation software with machine learning techniques, has been cited in the magazine l'Usine Nouvelle, and is included in a detailed write-up called "Simulation and machine learning combine their strengths" in the magazine Industries et Technologies this month. This work, supervised at CERFACS by Corentin Lapeyre, and at SAFRAN by Stéphane Richard, is at the forefront of developments in terms of exploiting artificial intelligence tools for the simulation and design of physical systems.Read more

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