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.