2012 marked the opening of the Teratec Campus, a 13 000 m2 site hosting key HPC players such as BULL, CEA, Intel, Silkan, Avantis Technologies, CMI Defence and ESI Group. The Campus is also home to the CEAs Très Grand Centre de Calcul or TGCC Europes largest HPC center. The TGCC now features Frances first Petascale machine, Curie, with a total computing capacity in excess of 2 Petaflop/s, and the next generation Computing Center for Research and Technology (CCRT).
The Curie has been instrumental in running large calculations for state-of-the-art simulation projects such as the PRACE project FMOC Fast Multiphysics Optimization of a Car led by Renault, ESI Group, Ecole Centrale de Lyon and the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Mines de Saint-Etienne. The FMOC used models with more than 20 million finite elements to simulate a car crash and to accurately predict the vehicles performance with the objective of improving passenger safety.