GENCI, Grand Equipement National de Calcul Intensif, is a legal entity taking the form of a «société civile» under French law, owned for 49 % by the French State represented by the Ministry for Higher Education and Research, for 20 % by CEA, 20 % by CNRS, 10 % by the Universities and 1% by INRIA.
Created in 2007, GENCI has the following missions:
Implement and ensure the coordination of the major equipments of the national HPC centres, by providing funding and by assuming ownership
Promote the organization of an European HPC area and participate to its achievements; GENCI is the french representative in PRACE
Set up R&D collaborations in order to optimize HPC facilities and to anticipate novel technologies
Promote simulation and high performance computing in both fundamental and industrial research
See online GENCI annual report 2009 (french version)