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CAP Seminar: An Introduction to SimGrid: Versatile Simulation of Distributed Systems and Applications

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Illinois Computer Science, Architecture, Compilers, and Parallel Computing Research Area
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Mar 29, 2022   4:00 pm  
Frédéric Suter, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
Madeleine Garvey
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The CAP Seminar is pleased to announce a talk by Frédéric Suter, taking place this Tuesday, March 29, at 4 PM Central over Zoom.

Abstract: In most scientific domains, results are now obtained thanks to computational science that heavily relies on numerical simulations. This in turn leads to a tremendous increase in size and complexity of the underlying computing infrastructures. The performance assessment of such distributed systems and the applications they run is then a complex task for which various approaches can be considered. This talk will give a general overview of these approaches for the performance assessment of distributed systems and applications: experimentation, emulation, and simulation. It will specifically focus on the main features and strengths of the SimGrid toolkit. SimGrid is a 20+ year old research project whose scope has broaden over the years from the simulation of computing grids to P2P systems, clouds, and HPC. It will introduce the two main programming APIs, the underlying (in)validated models, and present some of the tools based on SimGrid that are currently available.

Bio: Frédéric Suter is a Senior Research Scientist in the Workflow Systems Group at Oak Ridge National Laboratory since February 2022. Before that, he was a CNRS researcher at the IN2P3 Computing Center in Lyon, France, for thirteen years, where he led the research team of the center.  His research interests include scheduling, scientific workflows, data science, and platform and application simulation. He has co-authored more than 50 publications.  He obtained his Ph.D. from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon, France, in 2002 and his Habilitation to supervise research from the Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon in 2014. He is also one of the main developers of the SimGrid project.

The CAP Seminar ( is a weekly meeting that covers the Architecture, Compilers, and Parallel Computing research area in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, with attendees from the CS and ECE departments as well as the NCSA. In Spring 2022, the seminar is being conducted in a fully virtual format. If you are interested in learning more about the seminar, which takes place weekly on Tuesdays at 4 PM Central, please contact the seminar planners at

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