The ACE (Advanced Computer Engineering) Lab's primary focus lies in the pursuit of research avenues within HPC. This includes a mandate to port important codes to novel architectures, including FPGA and many-core solutions, to build a relevant skills and knowledge base of current technologies, to create our own functional hardware, software tools and HPC methodologies and to provide a service for transitioning such technology to local users.
The ACElab is currently involved in a number of projects pursuing these goals on a range of hardware architectures and software ideologies in collaboration with local and international institutions.
Current ACElab Projects:
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Computational mechanics and electro-elasticity towards improved understanding of the Biomechanics of Myocardial Infarction and the development novel therapies, University of Cape Town (July 2010 - June 2013)
The aim of this collaborative research project between the University of Cape Town and the CHPC is the development and utilisation of high performance computing (HPC) tools to study the biomechanics of myocardial infarction (MI) and emerging MI therapies based on bio-material injection into the infarct. The biomechanical mechanisms of MI and the efficacy of these new therapies are not well understood. The presented problem is highly complex, including the representation of the architecture of cardiac soft tissue with dispersed biomaterial at micro if not nano scale, the highly nonlinear elastic myocardial mechanics, and the electro-sensitivity of the myocardial muscle. Comprehensive treatment exceeds conventional computing resources in terms of problem size and complexity of the developed codes to capture the physical phenomena with sufficient accuracy. HPC will form an imperative platform for this research towards the advancement of MI therapies and prevention of heart failure.
Computational Research Initiatives in Imaging and Remote Sensing, University of the Witwatersrand (July 2010 - June 2013)
Through this flagship project, the CHPC aims to produce high level research in the project areas, graduate students with degrees at masters and doctoral levels, and to develop programmes for efficient processing of hyperspectral satellite data.
Read more about previous flagship projects.
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The South African National Research Network (SANReN) and the Data Intensive Research Infrastructure of South Africa (DIRISA) complement the CHPC through the provision of high-speed, high-bandwidth connectivity, and the effective curation of a variety of notably large databases.
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The success and effectiveness of the CHPC: R&HCD Division will be measured by the quantity and quality of its high end computing outputs in the domains of:
which support national and continental strategic initiatives and push research and innovation boundaries.
The focus of CHPC: R&HCD (and indeed the entire CHPC) should be on achieving these goals. The technical and operational strategy and acquisitions of CHPC should be geared similarly.
The focus of CHPC is on High End Computational (HEC) Science - this includes research into novel high end architectures, mathematical and programming algorithmic development and implementation.
These outcomes are closely correlated:
motivated, highly skilled people make things happen.
The following groups will be mobilised to achieve this:
Inputs to achieve this:
Engage in national High End Computing (HEC) advocacy and discussions with:
Employ appropriate research staff in a range of positions: full-time, seconded, part-time, associate; dual appointments; short and longer term.
Meaningful research collaborations are to be established with other research institutes (nationally and internationally) in the HEC space. Promote partnerships between HEC researchers and experimentalists.
Promote the development of a national cyberinfrastructure ecosystem embracing networked distributed hpc/hec platforms and grids.
Formulate and implement a high end software strategy which embraces both the strategic acquisition and the development of HEC software. Expand range of quality open source and proprietary software on chpc platforms, targeting particularly fundamental underpinning software - in this the needs and advice of SIG's should be ascertained and simultaneously R&HCD must be pro-active. Strategy should be to develop and acquire open-source solutions preferably and upskill potential and active users.
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