Forty-three Masters and Doctoral students from universities across South Africa have been accepted (selected from 80 applications) to be part of the CHPC/HartRAO School on Programming with Linux and Python at the Hartebeesthoek Radio Astronomy Observatory (HartRAO), a radio quite zone dedicated to astronomy and the measurement and representation of the Earth using space techniques (Geodesy).
The week-long school (16 - 21 January 2017) is dedicated to building the capacity of science and engineering students in the basics of scientific programming using Linux (Ubuntu) and Python. The students have no prior knowledge of Linux and Python scripting.
HartRAO is the new home of one of the CHPC Sun/Dell cluster racks that has been decommissioned. It uses the infrastructure to support the African Very Long Base-line Interferometry (VLBI) project, which is part of an SKA project to build HPC in Africa.
By Nox Moyake
Last Updated on Friday, 20 January 2017 15:08
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