A 15 person delegation from the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, led by Dr Wayne Wang (Director General: Hsinchu Science Park) and Prof Henry H.H Chen (Director of Science and Technology Division) visited the Centre for High Perfomance Computing (CHPC) on 1 November 2016. The delegation is visiting the country for the Taiwan Bilateral Workshop on Innovation Enablers, held in Cape Town on 02 November 2016 as well as the South Africa-Taiwan 3rd Joint meeting held in Pretoria on 04 November 2016.
In an effort to establish possible areas of collaboration, the delegation visited a number of centres attached to the South African Department of Science and Technology. At the CHPC the delegates were hosted by Dr Werner Janse van Rensburg (CHPC Research Manager) and Edward Rakate (CHPC Operations Manager). Janse Van Rensburg gave an overview presentation on the CHPC before taking the delegation on a tour of the centre, including the CHPC data centre and the Advanced Computer Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab).
Janse van Rensburg also participated in the South Africa / Taiwan Bilateral Workshop on Innovation Enablers, where he participated in the Thematic Group Discussions related to ICT and Smart City Applications. These discussions also involved inputs from Prof Grace Lin (Asia University, Taiwan) and Dr Quentin Williams (Meraka Institute, CSIR). It is envisaged that the engagement with Taiwanese representatives will streamline future engagement and collaboration opportunities for ICT in general, but specifically for high performance computing.
Last Updated on Friday, 04 November 2016 09:45
On 19 August 2016, interns from the Department of Science and Technology’s (DST) Multilateral Cooperation and Africa programme visited the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) for a facility tour. The tour formed part of the programme’s mission to introduce the interns to Science Councils and Institutions that work with and are supported by DST.
During the visit, Dr Werner Janse van Rensburg gave an introduction presentation on the CHPC, followed by a visit to the unit’s Advance Computer Engineering Laboratory where the CHPC mini-supercomputer is stationed. The students also visited the Super Computer (Lengau) room to see the fastest computer in Africa where they got an opportunity to interact with some of the technicians who built the Lengau cluster.
“The visit helped us to understand the nature and the importance of having CHPC in our country,” said Ms Palesa Motsoeneng, Assistant Director from the DST “You are doing a great job which is very helpful to advancement of research for South Africa at global level, it contributes a lot to the development of African continent, which makes us very proud as South Africans,” she added.
“CHPC is grateful to add to the delegates’ knowledge on the role and significance of High Performance Computing in the development and advancement of science in South Africa and beyond,” said Dr Daniel Moeketsi, Senior Research Scientist at CHPC.
Last Updated on Friday, 19 August 2016 07:51
On 8 July 2016, CHPC hosted the first ever OpenSim meeting to be held in the Western Cape. OpenSim is an informal organisation that aims to promote the use of Open Source simulation software in industry, research and academia.
“The emphasis is on computational mechanics, in the form of computational fluid dynamics and finite element methods,” says Charles Crosby, Senior Research Scientist at CHPC.
In attendance at the meeting, were representatives from CHPC, CSIR, University of Cape Town, Engys, De Beers Marine and Space Commercial Services. Delegates from the various organisations made presentations on the use of OPENFOAM, Deal-II, Open-source codes at CHPC and SU2.
“It was a particularly good networking opportunity for people working in a sector where help from others is indispensable. As agreed by delegates, more meetings of this kind can be expected in the near future,” says Charles.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 October 2016 16:14
Since the installation of the Centre for High Performance Computing’s fastest supercomputer – the Lengau cluster – in June 2016, the centre has been inundated with student visits from various tertiary institutions.
During the month of September the centre has had visits from the University of Limpopo and Walter Sisulu University. The visits formed part of faculties’ intentions to expose their students to various opportunities in industry and research institutions
The tours normally include presentations about the centre’s technical and research activities and visits to the different labs including the super computer room. “The students are always excited about the demonstration of the "mini-super computer" in the Advance Computer Engineering Laboratory (ACE-Lab),” said Dr Daniel Moeketsi, Senior Research Scientist at CHPC.
Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2016 07:56