Transfer of technology

Software publishing consortiums

Triangulations 3D de CGAL, bibliothèque d'algorithmes géométriques  © INRIA / Projet GEOMETRICA

To support the distribution of a software program created from work by Inria's teams to a community of developers and/or users, Inria may decide to set up a software publishing consortium.


In light of the success of the Caml language and the Objective Caml implementation, Inria launched the Caml Consortium, which aims to bring together industry users of the language. Comprising the main users of the language, the Caml Consortium aims to unite design and development efforts connected with the Caml programming language. Forming a group of highly motivated users, the Consortium acts as a forum in which its members will be able to identify their common needs, exchange their experiences and solutions, and cooperate to propose developments for the benefit of the community. The motivation and industrial significance of its members will also attract to the Consortium companies seeking a presence on the Caml applications and training market.


The goal of the OW2 consortium is to offer a set of free software components that will be the equivalent, in the middleware field, of what Linux stands for in the field of computer operating systems. This type of software sits in between the operating system and applications, thus facilitating the development of the latter. The founding members of the consortium are France Telecom, Bull and Inria.

The codebase is already widely used for operational applications and for trialling advanced distributed services and applications, particularly in the field of telecommunications and software intended for the development of business applications.

The OSCi (Open Source Cloudware Initiative) was launched in May 2010. It draws on a foundation of OW2 projects that provide open-source solutions enabling the flexible provision of resources on demand and the general optimisation of processing capabilities, two functions that underpin cloud computing.


The Premia software, developed in collaboration with the ENPC, is dedicated to the pricing and hedging of derivative products (options) related to shares, interest rates and foreign currency rates and hybrid derivatives. A consortium of French and European banks is in charge of validating the developments. Primarily intended for instructional purposes, Premia aims to present rigorous and documented implementations of the most recent algorithms in the field and to act as a numerical counterpart to the academic boom in the field. Unlike the finance-specialised packages connected with major scientific software programs, Premia focuses on derivative products and places an emphasis on the numerical aspect.


Created in 2003 at Inria's initiative, the Scilab Consortium joined the scientific cooperation foundation Digiteo in July 2008. The Scilab Consortium, including members from both the industrial and academic worlds, aims to ensure the continuation of excellence, to make the open and free numerical computation platform Scilab the benchmark in its field. As such, the Scilab Consortium is working to:

  • Organise cooperation and dialogue within the community of contributors to incorporate the latest scientific advances in the field of numerical computation.
  • Provide industry, research and education with an open and free platform that meets the needs of these diverse sectors of activity and, to this end, organise cooperation and dialogue within the user community.
  • Maintain the resources and means necessary for the development, publishing and promotion of successive versions of Scilab, the organisation of the community of contributors, scientific coordination, quality monitoring and support for the members of the Consortium.
  • Pair up industrial and academic partners within a powerful international ecosystem.

The Scilab Consortium maintains a special link with Inria, as the Institute is one of its members and actively supports its development. Inria is also a founding member of Digiteo.

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