After five years of operational experience, the center has demonstrated maturity in supporting the computationally intensive research agenda of the country in the broad fields of science and engineering. This has been done mainly through the provision of state-of-the art HPC (high performance computing) infrastructure and human capital interventions.
The centre has also positioned the country amongst the world's leading nations in HPC through placings in the world's fastest computer rankings (top500) and through attracting prominent people to partner with South Africa in developing HPC capabilities in the African continent. Key to these achievements is the increasing realisation of the private sector's need of HPC as a form of enhancing its competitiveness and adopting the centre as a partner of choice. This move has direct bearing on the objectives of the national government in particular towards job creation through competitive and innovative industry, and building of the advanced skills required for the knowledge-based economy as outlined in the DST’s Ten Year Innovation Plan adopted in 2007.