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 multidisciplinary research center on numerical simulation
- A center offering service and expertise opened to the communities
- A teaching center with scientific animation around supercomputing