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Laurence Goussu - 5/10/2016

Simulation and supercomputing: Inria and EDF renew their framework agreement

Building on many years of collaboration and a first framework agreement entered into in early 2010 on the optimisation of power generation and management systems, Inria and EDF are once again partnering on new shared research topics, with a five-year agreement focused primarily on simulation and supercomputing.

Mutual interests

Inria and its Carnot Institute contribute to French innovation initiatives by transferring technologies and skills to industry. For Inria, partnering with leading industrial players, such as EDF, who are positioned to identify major scientific challenges is key to steering its research and technology transfer actions.
EDF has world-renowned know-how in scientific computing and means to expand and enhance its skills, particularly in the field of simulation, supercomputing and big data processing.
In order to meet its goals of providing clean energy at lower costs, utilising all sources of renewable energy, and optimising the complex systems at the core of power generation, EDF is conducting studies both internally at its own laboratories and in collaboration with public or private laboratories with strong skills in similar or complementary areas.

To overcome the increasingly complex, varied and numerous technological challenges they face, Inria and EDF have just renewed their partnership, in the aim of exploring tough industrial problems and integrating the results of this research in the energy sector.

The goals of this new framework agreement

Ce nouvel accord-cadre marque la volonté commune d’Inria et EDF de poursuivre ensemble un partenariat structuré, portant principalement sur la simulation et le calcul intensif sans toutefois exclure des collaborations sur d’autres thématiques.

The following main research areas have been defined:

  • Stochastic modelling and uncertainty;
  • Interoperable software platforms, diagrams and solvers for intensive numerical simulation;
  • Visualisation and collaborative working;
  • Big data;
  • Smart grids.

Antoine Petit , CEO Inria, sees this collaboration as “building on former work in common that allowed EDF and Inria to learn to work together, as we now tackle new complex challenges in which our mutual efforts will allow for top-quality results. There are very promising applications for numerical simulation in the energy sector, and Inria's know-how is highly complementary to the expertise of EDF researchers and engineers .”

Keywords: EDF Energy transition Supercomputing Energy optimisation Partnership