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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

NextSim General Assembly and TC meeting

CERFACS |  16 September 2021

The General Assembly and TC Meeting took place on 15-16 September 2021. CERFACS is involved in the NextSim project (). The primary objective is to increase the capabilities of Computational Fluid Dynamics tools on extreme-scale parallel computing platforms for aeronautical design. This project has received funding from the European High-Performance Computing Joint Undertaking (JU) under grant agreement N° 956104. The JU receives support from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme and Spain, France, Germany. This project has received funding from the Agence Nationale de la Recherche (ANR) under grant agreement N° ANR-20-EHPC-0002-02. For more information, please visit Read more


Sophie Valcke from Cerfacs co-authored a new book on atmosphere-ocean modelling

CERFACS |  18 August 2021

new book "Atmosphere-Ocean Modelling - Couling and Couplers” by Prof. Carlos R Mechoso, Prof. Soon-Il An and Dr Sophie Valcke has just been published by World Scientific. The present book fills a void in the current literature by presenting a basic and yet rigorous treatment of how the models of the atmosphere and the ocean are put together into a coupled system. Details are available at  Abstract: Coupled atmosphere-ocean models are at the core of numerical climate models. There is an extraordinarily broad class of coupled atmosphere-ocean models ranging from sets of equations that can be solved analytically to highly detailed representations of Nature requiring the most advanced computers for execution. The models are applied to subjects including the conceptual understanding of Earth’s climate, predictions that support human activities in a variable climate, and projections aimed to prepare society for climate change. The present book fills a void in the current literature by presenting a basic and yet rigorous treatment of how the models of the atmosphere and the ocean are put together into a coupled system. The text of the book is divided into chapters organized according to complexity of the components that are coupled. Two full chapters are dedicated to current efforts on the development of generalist couplers and coupling methodologies all over the worldRead more

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