The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology (PPCST) visited the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Rosebank, Cape Town on 12 August 2015 where they gained insights on the centre's operations, challenges and future plans. CHPC Director, Dr Happy Sithole offered a presentation of the centre's structure, key operations and high level projects to the 10 committee members, who...Read more
On 15 July the CHPC student team took second honours at the 4th High Performance Computing Advisory Council HPCAC-International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) Student Cluster Competition, , where more than 2,600 attendees and 160 exhibitors from around the globe met in Frankfurt, Germany. The competition featured small teams that competed to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art high-performance cluster hardware and...Read more
A supercomputer developed by China's National Defense University remains the fastest publically known computer in the world, while the U.S. is close to an historic low in the latest edition of the closely followed Top 500 supercomputer ranking, which was published on 13 July 2015. The Tianhe-2 computer, based at the National Super Computer Center in Guangzhou, has been on the...Read more
Swiss State Secretary (the equivalent of a minister) for Education, Research and Innovation, Dr Mauro Dell’Ambrogio and the Ambassador to the Embassy of Switzerland in South Africa, Mr Christian Meuwly, visited the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) on 2 June to discuss the centre’s operations and a number of potential collaboration items. They also used the opportunity to explore...Read more
Members of various research and user communities gathered at the CHPC in Cape Town on 29 January 2015, to develop the centre's strategic objectives for years 2015-2018. This meeting is customary to the centre as it allows its users to determine the centre's direction and focus and hopefully creates a sense of ownership among all. Some of the items on the...Read more
Dr Peter Braam will be presenting a series of lectures and workshop for CHPC between 22 and 27 February 2015. Here is the program. Peter is currently working with Cambridge University on the SKA telescope science data processor and is most known as the creator of the Lustre File System. The offering is as follows: Software architecture & engineering processes: concept and practise Trends...Read more
South Africa has joined the computing grid for the largest particle accelerator in the world, the Large Hadron Collider (LHC).
The collider, which straddles the border between France and Switzerland and is about 100m underground, is a massive particle accelerator, owned by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (Cern).
When you think of high-performance computing on a global level, heavy hitters from the US, Europe and Asia may spring to mind. But the democratization of HPC has brought an array of new entrants eager to climb this latter. In South Africa, for example, an emphasis on research and development is helping the nation to not only improve the lives of its citizens, but also make a name for its academic and scientific community along the way.
Over at TOP500.org, CHPC Communications Manager Noxolo Moyake describes how the South African Center for High Performance Computing is fostering the use of supercomputing in the region.