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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

Continuity of activity of the Cerfacs during the Covid-19 pandemic

superadmin |  20 March 2020

On Monday 16 March 2020, in the context of the rapidly evolving COVID-19 epidemic, Cerfacs decided to reorganize its activities by implementing a Business Continuity Plan (BCP) and deploying teleworking facilities for all its employees. All staff members thus continue to carry out their full mission.Read more


A fiery wakeup call for climate science

superadmin |  26 February 2020

The extent of the recent wildfires in Australia significantly exceeded the projections of any member of the multi-model CMIP archive.  This highlights how current multi-model ensembles may be under-representing the risks of natural disasters under climate change.  Limited coupled system process representation in most models coupled with a lack of parameter uncertainty exploration means that some risks are not explored by the existing international multi-model framework.  This calls for a reassessment of how to focus climate model development on providing robust risk quantification for those impacts which most directly affect society. Sanderson, B.M., Fisher, R.A. A fiery wake-up call for climate science. Nat. Clim. Chang. (2020) nature.com Media coverage BBC Sydney Morning Herald The Guardian Wired The Daily Express YahooRead more

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