History and context
Thanks to the development of a national and a European computing infrastructure, respectively GENCI and PRACE, researchers have now access to many wold-class super-computers. Such large machines enable major breakthrough in many different scientific areas. However, to have optimized and highly parallelized applications is necessary to exploit them efficiently. Then, dealing with the huge amount of data produced by the large-scale simulations requires post-processing and adapted visualization tools. The complexity of new computing architectures and targeted simulations is a real challenge. In order to tackle this challenge, we have to create multidisciplinary teams gathering high-performance computer scientist, numerical experts and application scientist. This has lead CEA, CNRS, INRIA, UPS and UVSQ to bring together to jointly create, in 2010, La Maison de la Simulation as French Unit of Services and Research (USR 3441).
“CEA, CNRS, INRIA, UPS and UVSQ has jointly created in 2010 La Maison de la Simulation as French Unit of Services and Research (USR 3441).”
Our mission is to guide, support and stimulate scientific communities so that they can get the best from available computing resources, including in particular large-scale infrastructure. Maison de la Simulation has for mission to help emergence in France of a super-computing community and to develop strong synergy between researchers and engineers of different scientific fields. This enables to materialize important scientific progresses made possible thanks to high-performance computing. It gathers multidisciplinary teams furnishing the range of expertise required to develop and exploit HPC tools.
To do so, missions of Maison de la Simulation focus on 3 main axes:
- A multi-disciplinary research centre around numerical simulation: As such, the Maison de la Simulation hosts multi-disciplinary research teams around more or less long-term projects related to intensive computing, from mathematics, numerical methods, algorithms, computer science and software engineering to the physics of the studied phenomena.
- A service and expertise unit opened to communities: the Maison de la Simulation has a team of engineers specializing in high-performance computing who are able to provide expertise and support for high-level application development. This expertise covers parallel algorithmes, code development and optimization, as well as data visualization and post-processing.
- A centre for teaching and scientific animation in intensive computing: training is essential to train researchers and engineers for using large computers efficiently in all fields of research. The Maison de la Simulation is a central and unifying actor in intensive computing training on the Saclay plateau, both for initial training, in partnership with Universities, and for ongoing training.