SystemX began its second year of operations. After developing an initial assessment, the IRT has gone to meet its partners to get a feel of their experiences in their collaboration with SystemX.

Discover their testimonies!

Pascal Poisson

Pascal Poisson, Alstom

“Being a partner of the IRT SystemX is a real opportunity for Alstom Transport. Through this industry-applied research cooperation, we can improve the efficiency of our R&D program. Furthermore, we will benefit from a momentum for progress and from a close collaboration with centers of expertise to carry out our projects. This approach illustrates Alstom’s commitment to remain at the forefront of technology and to offer its clients increasingly innovative solutions. This investment in the IRT is further reinforced by the presence of Pascal Cléré, Director of the Signaling Division at Alstom Transport, at the presidency of the IRT SystemX. “


Eric Monchalin, Bull

Bull invests heavily in R&D to continue its development as leader in high-performance computing solutions. Convinced of the benefits of cooperative research, we are heavily involved in SystemX as a founding member, very active in both the High Performance Computing sub-program and in the Board of directors. This innovative approach allows us to prepare, together with the best French experts in the field, the technological breakthroughs needed for exascale systems (10 to the power 18 operations per second) that we are developing and which will become available around 2018/2020. Our commitment in SystemX is ultimately the ideal complement to our significant presence in SYSTEMATIC Paris-Region and Teratec, which is more focused on creating an ecosystem around high performance computing and the development of synergies between complementary actors. “


Alain Bravo, CentraleSupélec

“From the point of view of Supélec, the IRT SystemX is a new interdisciplinary institute ideally positioned at the heart of its themes: Information, Energy and Systems. Moreover, Supélec and more generally CentraleSupélec have a strong interest in the new form of Industry/Research collaboration that SystemX is developing: in line with our culture of partnership with industry and services, this collaboration restructures the landscape in which fit the various missions of higher-education and research institutions in the field of digital engineering. SystemX is a place where exchanges will nurture and accelerate our thoughts and our actions when it comes to the technical and technological advances that enhance the ecosystem that is made-up of the Systematic Paris Region competitiveness cluster; and at the same will make our training programs evolve. Supélec is proud to participate in the creation of the IRT SystemX and its ambition to become an international competence center, and finds here an excellent opportunity to share its vision of the future of digital systems engineering. “


Laurent Anné, Distene

“DISTENE, a French company publishing software components based on Teratec, is a reference supplier in the CAO and calculation software publishing market: 75% of its business is international and all the biggest publishers in this market are clients. Its capacity to innovate, the reason for its success, is based on strong Research collaborations, not least with l’INRIA via a joint laboratory (I-Lab). By joining IRT-SystemX, DISTENE wishes to consolidate the direct connection with industry that it built thanks to its participation in the projects of the Systematic Paris-Région center, to enable it better to understand their needs and thus anticipate and better meet the requirements of its publishing clients that supply the industry, adding impetus to its growth”.


Fouad El Khaldi, ESI Group

“As an active member of Systematic Paris-Region, it is natural for ESI to join the IRT SystemX to transform research results and gained knowledge into innovation. This is a critical lever for competitiveness and growth in the Virtual Prototyping market based on numerical simulation methodologies. ESI’s vision is based on the co-creation of value with our customers and partners for future solutions. It is a collaborative innovation process, which depends on a dynamic ecosystem that will foster the transition from the “Proof of Concept” stage to the “Proof of Value” one. The IRT allows us to interact with the key players of co-creation: research laboratories for technology and industrials that represent the value chain (order givers as well as SMEs). The public-private co-financing system is an effective asset that allows to overcome obstacles related to the problem of initial investment and enhances risk control. This will help us to accelerate innovation and strengthen our leadership position in virtual engineering.


Eric Bantegnie, Esterel Technologies

Esterel Technologies got involved with the IRT SystemX at the very beginning of the project. As a founding member of SYSTEMATIC Paris-Region and software editor specializing in the development of embedded systems and software, we developed numerous collaborations within cooperative research projects such as Usine Logicielle, EDONA or AGeSys, and a common laboratory with CEA LIST – the LISTEREL laboratory. It seemed natural to us to continue these efforts, around the themes of dependability, secure software development for the automotive industry, the “Model Based System Engineering” and the simulation system, in partnership with the biggest French players in the field. We believe that the quality of management of the Institute and of its partners will make it a place of unique innovation and benefit the entire industrial ecosystem of embedded systems. This is the meaning of our engagement. “


Antoine Petit, Inria

Inria is convinced that digital technology needs to be a top priority for our country’s research and innovation policy. Indeed, it is an essential factor of development and value creation, and that in all the economic and industrial sectors. A key to success is to promote cooperative projects between research institutes, schools and universities on the one hand, large groups and SMEs / intermediate size enterprises on the other. The IRT must play a leading role in the emergence and growth of such projects. Inria is a founding partner of the IRT SystemX and will fully invest itself in it as illustrated by the fact that we are a member of the Board of Directors and hold the function of treasurer.”

Gerard Memmi

Gérard Memmi, Institut Mines-Télécom

The Mines-Télécom Institute and its schools have constantly and strongly supported the IRT SystemX project and actively participated in its conception from the very beginning. The reasons why the Mines-Télécom Institute is today a founding member of the IRT SystemX are multiple. Indeed, the IRT will notably enable the long-term development of ambitious, cooperative in nature, research based on sustainable and robust platforms. The IRT will promote the formation of Ile-de-France engineering and technology transfers to the French industry in order to control and innovate in a world that is experiencing an unprecedented acceleration to digital everything. It will be a common place for research for our researchers and SystemX’s partners. We will bring our expertise to the table and will be able to address, at a relevant scale, the technological barriers related to the digital nature of large systems such as multimodal transport, embedded systems, and of course, the future telecommunication networks.


Joel Monnier, Kalray

“As an innovative SME, Kalray naturally finds its place within the IRT SystemX. Kalray’s MPPA MANYCORE processors and the software development environments that accompany them bring new perspectives to the world of embedded systems by combining low consumption and high computing power. The uniqueness of the Kalray technology partly results from the strong cooperation with the CEA and INRIA and we see in the IRT SystemX the opportunity to capitalize on the knowledge acquired either through research or with other companies.”


Alban Schmutz, OVH Global Solutions

“Already No. 1 in Europe and No. 3 worldwide for service hosting, OVH.COM wants to strengthen its position by accelerating its innovation policy. The unique ecosystem in France that is SystemX, with its 250 researchers dedicated to complex systems, is a unique opportunity for us. OVH.COM, through its Oxalya entity, will thus strengthen its activities in the provisioning of numerical simulation applications in the Cloud (SaaS) in the context of the creation of a joint laboratory with ESI Group, the Ecole Centrale de Pairs and UVSQ. This first step can progressively be extended to other SystemX partners, and expanded to other activities of the group.”


Patrick Bastard, Renault

“As a founding member, Renault is committed in its engagement towards the IRT SystemX, particularly in three areas: “Multimodal Transport”, “Design Tools and Simulation” and “Embedded Systems”. The stakes meet SystemX’s ambitions: which are to develop, through a pooling – in one same place – of complementary industrial and academic skills and competences, new knowledge and jointly develop new engineering methods and tools, as well as high value product-process innovations. These issues are essential to Renault, the engineering of complex systems being at the heart of tomorrow’s automotive challenges and, more generally, new mobility.”


Claude Gomez, Scilab

“Scilab Enterprises operates two complementary axes within the IRT SystemX. On the one hand, we provide the necessary support and technical assistance to the IRT users of the open source Scilab numerical computing software. On the other, we also work on the Xcos simulation module. Thanks to this transversal approach, we are able to work with all of the IRT’s researchers and partners in order to address a major issue: strengthen Scilab as the reference numerical computing calculation software.”

Michel Morvan

Michel Morvan, President and Co-Founder of The Cosmo Company

Working with the IRT SystemX allows us to make our modeling and simulation platform of complex systems CoSMo known to large groups. Indeed, the IRT SystemX enables us to work with them in the context of collaborative projects and to highlight the added value we bring to solve strategic problems at the heart of their activities. Finally, this collaboration gives us the opportunity to better understand their specific issues and thus to evolve our products and our offer so as to make them correspond perfectly to the needs of businesses.

Nicolas Dulac, Intempora

Working on these subjects in the context of SystemX allows us to move forward and to create close links with, on the one hand, research laboratories that are specialists in said subjects (IEF and CEA), and on the other hand with the large groups that will be future users of the tools we are developing conjointly (RENAULT, PSA, Valeo, etc.) – the latter then being able to express their needs and thus guide the development appropriately. This project is an example of the implementation of synergies between research laboratories, “technological providers” SMEs and major accounts.

Didier Roux, President Director General of Krono-Safe

Through the work done within the IRT SystemX, Krono-Safe has found the opportunity to scale up its work by collaborating with distinguished partners on software platforms for critical embedded systems of the future. Krono-Safe is thus able to validate its technical guidelines to ensure a product development in line with market expectations, particularly in the railway sector, notably Alstom. The physical proximity of industrials and academics in one place allows the IRT to play a catalytic role in the process of the emergence of new technological solutions. Both human and material resources are pooled together for greater efficiency in order to achieve faster industrialization of the resulting innovations.

Marc Pollina, President of M3 Systems

For M3 Systems, collaboration with the IRT SystemX enables us to participate in the LRA collaborative project that involves complementary partners and end-users of navigation technologies. This project is also an opportunity for M3 Systems to enter a new field, the railway sector, and position itself to meet future industrial needs. More generally, participation in the IRT brings to M3 Systems a context that is favorable to the emergence of innovative products.

Olivier Vine, President of Open Wide Ingenierie

Our involvement with the IRT SystemX, which creates a direct contact with our customers on the one hand and technological innovations on the other hand, is a real asset as it encourages the anticipation of needs and enhances our ability to respond appropriately to requests from industrials.

Antoine Rauzy, Professor and Director of the Chaire Henri Blériot, Centrale-Supélec

Extract from round table “SystemX, value creation” – 2014 Future@SystemX

“I truly believe that the IRT, to return to the subject, can be a place that stimulates researchers and young researchers, in particular to focus on real life, concrete issues; and realize that there are a lot of exciting scientific conceptual problems that come from real life, concrete life, and for that you need a place and the IRT can be that place.”

Eric Duceau, Scientific Director, Airbus Group Innovations

Extract from round table “SystemX, value creation” – 2014 Future@SystemX

“At the IRT we invented something new that did not exist: the co-localization. We invented, or renewed with it. So what I find particularly effective at SystemX is the fact that there is flexibility and responsiveness. There is a lot, a lot of pragmatism. To give you an idea, when a project is started it always starts with many people/partners involved, a proposal is made. In the time it takes to secure funding, several years go by and we discover that there are things that have changed. This is where it gets really amazing. That is to say that people came together, agreed to re-discuss a number of topics, adapt and enrich them – and it was done quite naturally. So why was it done so quickly? Because the co-location meant that people saw each other every week, one or two days a week. It does not seem much but it is more than enough. I think that from what I have experienced in other projects, such as large European ones, in six months we have won more than 6 months of maturity.”