Gabriel Antoniu

Senior Research Scientist, Inria

Scientific leader of the KerData research team at INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique Research Center and IRISA.

Contact details

Inria Rennes Bretagne – Atlantique
Campus Universitaire de Beaulieu, 35042, Rennes
Office: F427 (red level)
Phone: +33 (0)2 99 84 72 44
Fax :  +33 (0)2 99 84 71 71

Research Interests

My main current research interests are related to Big Data management for large scale distributed infrastructures: clouds, post-petascale HPC systems.

Relevant topics:

  • Decentralized management of massive data on highly distributed infrastructures;
  • Cloud data services and MapReduce-based data analytics;
  • Scalable I/O and in situ visualization for Exascale HPC systems
  • Scalable transparent data storage and sharing;
  • Scalable distributed file systems;
  • BLOB-based data management;
  • Data consistency protocols.

Recent Highlights

  • Program Chair of the IEEE Cluster 2017 conference
  • Program Vice-Chair of the ACM/IEEE CCGrid 2016 and ACM/IEEE CCGrid 2017 conference for the mobile and hybrid clouds area.
  • Program Chair of the EIT Digital Future Cloud Symposium 2015
  • Program Chair of the IEEE Cluster 2014 conference
  • Track Chair for the Data, Storage, and Visualization Track at IEEE Cluster 2015
  • Track Chair for the Distributed Algorithms Track at 3PGCIC 2015
  • Microsoft Research Windows Azure Research Award (2014) for the Z-CloudFlow project
  • PC member for the following recent international conferences (selection): ACM HPDC 2012-2016, ACM/IEEE SC (2013, 2015: Technical Program Committee; 2014: Posters Committee), IEEE/ACM CCGRID 2013 and 2015, Euro-Par (2015, 2010-2012), ICCCN 2012, IEEE HPCC 2012, IEEE AINA (2011-2012) IEEE CloudCom (2010-2012).

Short bio

Gabriel Antoniu is a Senior Research Scientist at Inria, Rennes. He leads the KerData research team, focusing on storage and I/O management for Big Data processing on scalable infrastructures (clouds, HPC systems). He received his Ph.D. degree in Computer Science in 2001 from ENS Lyon. He leads several international projects in partnership with Microsoft Research, IBM, Argonne National Lab, the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He served as Program Chair for the IEEE Cluster 2014 conference and regularly serves as a PC member of major conferences in the area of HPC, cloud computing and Big Data (SC, HPDC, CCGRID, Cluster, Big Data, etc.). He has acted as advisor for 15 PhD theses and has co-authored over 100 international publications.


A list of publications can be found on DBLP.

A comprehensive list of my publications can be found on HAL Open Archives Library:


  • BlobSeer is a data management platform we are currently developing for sharing massive data at very large scales. It originally relies on advanced techniques for decentralized data management and versioning techniques to provide scalable data throughput under heavy data access concurrency.
  • Damaris: Damaris is a middleware for multicore SMP nodes allowing them to efficiently handle data transfers for storage and visualization by dedicating one or a few cores to the application I/O or for in situ visualization. It has been developed within the framework of a collaboration with the Joint Laboratory for Extreme-Scale Computing (JLESC, ex-JLPC). It was successfully evaluated with the CM1 tornado simulation, one of the Blue Waters target applications, on several supercomputers (Titan, Jaguar, Kraken), where it demonstrated excellent scalability.
  • JuxMem: is a platform which illustrates the concept of Grid Data-Sharing Service, defined using a hybrid approach based on Distributed Shared Memory and Peer-to-Peer techniques.
  • CoRDAGe is a generic co-deployment and re-deployment tool for dynamic grid applications.

Ongoing Projects

Previous Projects

International Projects
  • A-Brain (2010-2013). A project dedicated to joint neuroimaging and genetics analysis on Microsoft’s Azure cloud computing platform. Role: PI, with Bertrand Thirion (PARIETAL team, Inria). A project of the Microsoft-Inria Joint Research Centre.
  • MapReduce: an ANR Project (2010-2014) with International partners on optimized MapReduce data processing on cloud platforms: Argonne National Lab (USA), University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, IBM France, the Joint Inria-ANL-UIUC-BSC Lab for Petascale Computing (ex-JLPC), the AVALON Inria team, IBCP and MEDIT. Role: PI.
  • Seeding a France-Chicago Collaboration in Exascale Storage for Computational Science : (2012) FACCTS joint project with Argonne National Lab(ANL). Role: project co-PI, with Rob Ross (ANL).
  • F3PC: ANR-JST project (2010-2014). Role: local coordinator for INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique.
  • The SCALUS Marie Curie Initial Training Network, call FP7-PEOPLE-ITN-2008 (2009-2013). Role : coordinator for INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique (teams involved: KerData, Myriads). Other partners: Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Barcelona Supercomputing Center, University of Paderborn, Ruprecht-Karls-Universität Heidelberg, Durham University, FORTH, Ecole des Mines de Nantes, XLAB, CERN, NEC, Microsoft Research, Fujitsu.
  • DataCloud@work (2010+2012): an Inria Associate Team with the University “Politehnica” of Bucharest (PUB), Romania (Valentin Cristea). Role: PI.
  • Projects with Tsukuba University, Japan (Osamu Tatebe, Gfarm team):
    • Bilateral PHC (ex-PAI) Sakura project (INRIA – AIST/University of Tsukuba, 2006-2007) on P2P-based data sharing. Role: PI.
    • NEGST (2006 – 2009): CNRS-JST project. Role: participant.
  • Bilateral project with the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, USA (CNRS-INRIA-UIUC programme, 2006-2007). Role: PI.
  • GridRand: bilateral PHC Brancusi project with the Technical University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania (2009-2010). Role: PI
  • GridDataViz: bilateral project with “Politehnica” University of Bucharest (CNRS – Romanian Academy of Science, 2008-2009). Topic: visualization and remote control of the BlobSeer data management platform using the MonALISA monitoring framework. Role: PI.
National Projects

The Grid Data-Sharing Service approach I have worked on between 2004 and 2008 has been at the center of the GDS project of the French ACI MD (2003 – 2006) and has been enhanced and validated within the LEGO and RESPIRE ANR projects (2006-2009).

  • GDS (2003 – 2006): ACI MD project. Role: PI
  • RESPIRE (2006 – 2008): ANR project. Role: local coordinator for INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique.
  • LEGO (2006 – 2009): ANR project. Role: local coordinator for INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique.
  • GdX (2003 – 2006): ACI-MD project. Role: local coordinator for INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique.
  • DataGraal (2002 – 2004): ACI GRID project. Role: participant.

Teaching (since 2004)

  • ENSAI: Big Data – lectures and practical sessions (24h/year since 2013).
  • EIT ICT Labs Master School, University of Rennes 1, SDS module, (10h/year since 2014).
  • University of Nantes, ALMA Master, Distributed Architectures module – AD (since 2009), lectures on grid, P2P and cloud data management (8-10h/year) and few hours of supervised work (TD) and practical sessions (TP) per year.
  • ENS Cachan – Antenne de Bretagne, Master M2RI, SDS (ex-PAP) module (since 2004), lectures on P2P systems (5-10h/year).
  • Ecole Supérieure d’Informatique, Electronique, Automatique, 5th year, full grid and cloud computing module (2009-2013), lectures (18h/year).
  • CEA-EDF-INRIA School (2009) on emerging grid middleware standards: lectures on grid data management (9h).
  • INSA de Rennes, CS Department, 5th year, MPP module (2004 – 2009), lectures on P2P systems (2-4h/year) and 4h of practical sessions/year.
  • University of Rennes 1, Operating Systems module (SYR), L3 level (2004 – 2008), lectures on networks (6h/year).