The Mont-Blanc project

Launched in October 2011 for a three year period, with a budget of 14.5 million euros, the purpose of the Mont-Blanc project, coordinated by BSC (Spain) and including GENCI together with the CEA, is to evaluate the potential of low energy components, such as the technologies used in our mobile phones, for the next generation of supercomputers.

Following the production by Bull in 2013 of prototype hardware, the assessment of the ease of porting and programming for eleven target applications continued in 2014. This involves specifically a detailed analysis of how these behave when scaled up andthe energy profiling on the prototype installed at BSC. This particular assessment programme is scheduled tocontinue until June 2015.

Initially launched in October 2011 for three years, the project has been extended until June 2015 (“Mont-Blanc 1” phase). It has finally been granted additional funding of eight million euros from the European Commission to continue its activities until September 2016 (“Mont-Blanc2” phase).

EESI2: towards exascale

EESI2 is jointly led by TOTAL SA and PRACE aisbl (representing different third parties of which GENCI) with the aim to achieve exascale in 2020.

This project follows the EESI one (European Exascale Software Initiative).

The final meeting of EESI2 took place in Dublin (Ireland) in May 2015.


Within the HPC-SME Initiative, GENCI and Inria are partners in the Fortissimo project. Coordinated by the University of Edinburg and including 45 partners, Fortissimo aims to offer a commercial HPC cloud infrastructure, through a “one-stop shop” where companies will be able to obtain the tools they need to bring their industrial projects to reality (applications, expertise, resources, etc.), on a “pay-per use” basis.

With a budget of 16 million euros over three years, starting 01 July 2013, Fortissimo will run approximately 50 cloud-based experiments with the use of business-relevant applications involving project calls.

Following its first call at the end of 2013 which resulted in 22 SMEs, including 6 from France, Fortissimo launched its second call in summer 2014 from which eleven new projects were selected (including three from France), with the start scheduled for the 1st half of 2015.

The French applicants were all from companies that had received support under the HPC-SME Initiative and inmost of these cases Fortissimo represents the final stagein their industrial projects.