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Numerical Methods



The numerical simulation of physical systems based on partial differential equations plays a central role at CERFACS. Within this transverse axis we study efficient and reliable numerical methods for the numerical approximation and solution of such problems with our partners. We aim at analyzing and developing fast and accurate numerical methods and target a broad range of solution methods adapted to modern parallel platforms.


The main goal is to develop fast and accurate high-order numerical methods for the solution of time-dependent partial differential equations in fluid mechanics related to the simulation of turbulent flows on complex three-dimensional geometries.

Simultaneously, we maintain and further develop expertise on selected core problems in numerical linear algebra that are relevant for both CERFACS teams and shareholders. This includes, e.g., the solution of sparse linear systems of equations with direct, mixed direct/iterative methods or purely iterative methods, the design of preconditioners for Krylov subspace methods exploiting the structure of the system (such as systems of saddle-point type arising in PDE constrained optimization and variational methods in data assimilation), the solution of sequences of linear and nonlinear systems. This research should lead to both new algorithms of interest for the linear algebra community and software available for CERFACS teams and shareholders.

Research fields

  • Aerodynamics
  • Climate modelling
  • Combustion
  • Geophysical flows
  • Structural mechanics



CERFACS Partners

CERFACS Partners


Swings oceanographic campaign

nasri |  11 January 2021

Christophe Cassou, a researcher at the Cerfacs/CNRS joint laboratory (CECI: Climate, Environment, Couplings and Uncertainties) will take part in the Swings oceanographic campaign, involving 48 scientists and led by two CNRS researchers. It will take place in the Southern Ocean on board the Marion Dufresne II of the French Oceanographic Fleet (FOF), operated by Ifremer, from 11 January to 8 March. 2 months sea explore southen oceansRead more

Best wishes 2021 !

Brigitte Yzel |  5 January 2021

Cerfacs wishes you all the best for this new year 2021!Read more