Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale d'Orléans - LIFO

The Laboratoire d'Informatique Fondamentale d'Orléans (LIFO) is a laboratory of the University of Orléans and ENSI Bourges, officially recognized and supported by the French Ministry of Research as “Equipe d'accueil” EA 4022. Research projects conducted at LIFO

aim at improving theories of computer programming and the associated techniques. In 2010, the LIFO was involved in 7 granted projects and produced more than 80 international publications. The laboratory is structured around four teams including the Parallelism virtual Reality and system Verification (PRV) team. The PRV team works in particular on software tools ([ALL04], LIM08]) for the conception, developments and execution of distributed interactive scientific applications as well as high-level parallel programming libraries including algorithmic skeletons. Some works in the PRV team specifically addresses the use of component-based approaches ([LIM09], [LIM11]) to coordinate the dataflow of a real-time interactive scientific visualization application in order to reach the best balance between performances and result accuracy. This research axis aims at a very formal component-based approach but provides some prototypes using FlowVR a high-performance middleware co-developped with the Moais team. Finally, the PRV team collaborates with several partners to validate and promote their research results on different application domains such as geosciences ([DO10], [DO10-2]) or molecular simulations.


The LIFO set up a Virtual Reality platform MIReV based on a high performance PC cluster composed of 17 dual-processor machines interconnected through a dual-gigabit Ethernet and Myrinet network and on a 1.5x1.1m display wall with a 2048x768 resolution display for stereoscopic projection from 4 video projectors.


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