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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

Thierry Poinsot officially entered the French Academy of Sciences

CERFACS |  8 November 2021

Thierry Poinsot officially entered the French Academy of Sciences on October 12. See presentation here :Read more


The AVBP code from CERFACS at the heart of for PRACE projects from the 23rd call

CERFACS |  30 September 2021

Cerfacs is involved in three PRACE projects of the 23rd call for which hour allocation runs from 01/10/2021 to 30/09/2022. Researchers from ECL/LMFA UMR5509 (Ecole Centrale de Lyon) and IMFT (UMR 5502) laboratories have earned projects entirely based on the use of the LES solver developed by Cerfacs AVBP and involve the support of experts from the CFD and COOP teams underling the importance and effectiveness of collaborations between French labs and Cerfacs. Alexis Giauque from ECL/LMFA UMR5509 (Ecole Centrale de Lyon) has obtained not only one but two PRACE projects! The first project LESFAN (RA0101, 30 000 000 CPU hours on Irene/Rome TGCC) is based on the use of AVBP in the turbomachinery version to study the generation of noise by a fan of a real airplane engine. The second, PRACE-EDGES (RA0101, 40 000 000 CPU hours on Irene/Rome TGCC) focuses on LES modeling of dens gas in complex geometries. To do so, the LMFA Team has developed advanced thermodynamic closures in AVBP allowing the direct simulation of such flows. Laurent Selle from IMFT (UMR 5502) has received CPU hours for the GASTON project (RA0061, 30 000 000 CPU hours on Marenostrum BSC) which aims to study the structure of hydrogen flames in porous materials. For this, IMFT and Cerfacs will perform coupled simulations considering the reactive flow with AVBP as well as the conduction in the porous medium with AVTP which is known to play an central role in the flame stabilization process. Carlos Perez Arroyo from IMFT (UMR 5502) received 16 Mh CPU hours on Joliot-Curie Skylake partition to support his project WONDER.Read more

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