CHPC Employee Produces a MTech Dissertation on High Performance Computing
CHPC Senior Systems Administrator, Samuel Sticks Mabakane has recently completed his Masters Degree in IT at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). His thesis was on high performance computing, entitled 'Scaling of scientific software applications on CHPC clustering environment', a rare study in South Africa.
Sticks conducted his research in collaboration with the CHPC, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Tennessee (UT) in the U.S.A under the advisory of supercomputing guru, Prof Jack Dongarra and supervisions of Drs Elmarie Biermann and Daniel Moeketsi, the later being a CHPC Senior Research Scientist. His research aims to make a contribution to the local and international HPC community, this study can be useful to scientific users and decision makers as it provides valuable information on how various codes perform on the CHPC supercomputer.
In his findings, Sticks indicates that the performance of scientific codes on supercomputers can be affected by interplays of factors such as network, architecture of the system, and configuration of the code.
Sticks is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science with the University of Cape Town. "Supercomputing systems have proven to be the most outstanding tool for both scientists and technologists and can play a valuable role in industry government, it all depends on the outlook of South Africans towards this technology", said Sticks.