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2013, A Successful Year for the JLPC

The Inria–Urbana-Champaign joint laboratory (JLPC) has launched a digital simulation and supercomputing project in partnership with the Argonne National Laboratory. The Partner University Fund, a Franco-American research-funding organisation, has chosen to put its support behind the project.

Champagne corks popping, once again! A digital simulation and supercomputing project launched by the Joint Laboratory on Petascale Computing (JLPC) with the Argonne National Laboratory, University of Illinois, was selected in 2013 by the PUF (Partner University Fund), a prestigious Franco-American research-funding organisation.

"This fund allows for the consolidation and broadening of ties between the United States and France in the field of digital simulation and high-performance scientific computing ",said Inria CEO Michel Cosnard . He was speaking at the 10th Franco-American laboratory workshop on high-performance computing, last November."This is specifically a question of rising to the challenge and creating applications that need ever more powerful, effective, and energy-efficient simulation and computing platforms.

An admirable record

This latest distinction is one more feather in the cap of the JLPC, which has already delivered glowing results in its four short years:

  • 1 project selected for the G8 "Exascale Computing" project in 2011
  • more than 50 joint publications
  • 3"student awards"presented at scientific conferences
  • 3 distributed software systems in Europe and the United States

Supercomputing for climatology also features among the work undertaken in 2013 by the JLPC. That subject was introduced by Professor Don Wuebbles of the Department of Atmospheric Sciences (Urbana-Champaign), who is a member of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). He shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with other members of the IPCC.

38 Inria Associate Teams in the USA

The United States is the country where we undertake the greatest number of collaborative projects, particularly in the form of Associate Teams. Projects like these give French and American researchers the chance to work together on joint, co-funded projects over periods of three years. In 2013, there were 38 Inria–USA associate teams, from a total of 67 around the world.

"Today, our collaborative projects are structured around two Inria International Labs:the JLPC and Inria@SiliconValley, which works with Californian universities ", explained Hélène Kirchner , Director of the Institute's International Relations Department."We send established researchers there for a year or two and post-doctoral researchers for long-term stays, and we also organise annual scientific get-togethers to bring everyone up to speed on joint projects. "


Keywords: USA Argonne DRI JLPC Urbana Champaign Petascale