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.
Increasing investment in research in many western countries is still a matter that sparks debate and maybe even controversy. But increasing research investment in Africa by an African government is a whole new ballgame. The continent continues to battle bread-and-butter challenges, but in 2006, South Africa saw research investment as a tool to drive social and economic development.
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The following are the main objectives for the BSP in the 2014/15 financial year:
The application scientist (Dane Kennedy) interacts with the commercial/academic researchers, providing programming, application and experiment analysis support, conducts training to improve the affectivity of HPC users, and assists in the setup, running and development of HPC software and job scripts, while the systems engineer (Inus Scheepers) sets up and ensures the availability of computing, storage and network resources for computational biology work, and explores hardware and software options to support and amplify the research efforts. These job functions overlap to some extent. BSP makes use of a dedicated cluster node and virtual machines to stage and manage cluster jobs, deploy various software systems, and host training-related material.
The BSP web site http://bio.chpc.ac.za has been set up and populated, linking to the various resources available. The reference databases are regularly and automatically mirrored, and a mailing list, CHPC-Bio, was created on the CHPC list server for community announcements and discussions.
The BSP’s training activities will be coordinated by an Education Committee in conjunction with relevant stakeholders, including the South African Bioinformatics Society. They will determine the training needs and develop criteria for hosting or participating in a course and they will also develop appropriate evaluation procedures to ensure a high quality, integrated training programme.
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