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Address: CSIR Campus, 15 Lower Hope St., Rosebank, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 658-2740
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From the airport, travel along the N2 towards Cape Town.
From Cape Town, travel along the N2 towards the airport.

Take the Liesbeeck Parkway turnoff.
Travel towards Rondebosch (left if traveling from the airport, right if traveling from Cape Town.)
Turn right into Alma Road.
At the T-junction facing the railway line, turn left.
Turn left into Lower Hope Road (second road to the left).


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Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 October 2012 16:51

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CHPC Staff Highlights

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.

Last Updated on Thursday, 04 April 2013 13:56

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Organisational Structure

In the true spirit of Ubuntu (an African philosophy whereby a person is a person only through other people), the ethos of the CHPC is to harness a vibrant high-end computing ecosystem through strong partnerships.

High Level Structure of CHPC

Through collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, the CHPC and its community are able to link up with technology missions in the National R&D Strategy in order to jointly address a wide range of notable challenges. Stakeholders, general users and members of the CHPC have self-assembled into Special Interest Groups (SIGs) involving 10 research areas. Several multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaborations resulted from this partnership framework.

Last Updated on Monday, 18 February 2013 15:59

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Mission & Objectives

The mission of the Centre for High Performance Computing is to provide world-class HPC that enables cutting-edge research with high impact on the South African Economy.
The main objectives of the centre are to enable South Africa to become globally competitive and to accelerate Africa's socio-economic upliftment through the effective application of high-end Cyberinfrastructure. 
In its vision, the centre wants to become an accomplished and preferred partner for High Performance Computing solutions. 


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.


Last Updated on Friday, 15 February 2013 16:19

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