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South African Student Cluster Challenge Representatives visit Dell Headquarters in Texas

 

The CHPC’s Student Cluster Challenge team set for Austin, Texas in the United States in January. The trip was for a site visit, training and mentoring at the Dell headquarters (HQ), courtesy of the technology company, Dell.

The team of eight, aged 20 and 21, won the South African Student Cluster Challenge in December last year which took place on the exhibition floor of the CHPC 2012 National Meeting in Durban. The team will represent the country in Leipzig, Germany and will compete against the world’s best students from eight countries.

At Dell HQ, students met with teams covering: high performance computing, databases, custom solutions, benchmarking and storage.Dell also organised a visit to the Texas Advanced Computing Centre’s supercomputer which is capable of approximately 10 Peta-flops and consists of 6 400 compute nodes with Xeon Phi accelerators. At the end of the week, the students presented their design for the High Performance Computing Advisory Council’s Student Cluster Challenge to their hosts. The Dell team concluded that the students created a good design for their cluster and that fine tuning should be done via hands-on testing.
Team South Africa departs for Leipzig in June this year. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 14 March 2013 12:07

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CHPC Initiatives in Data and HPC in South Africa

The centre has recently launched the Data Intensive Research Infrastructure of South Africa (Dirisa).

The infrastructure has a storage facility of two petabytes and is accessible through the South African National Research Network. It operates at a full capacity of 10 Gps/s and provides the latest technology which is based on open source software to enable CHPC users to define their own rules in data acquisition, sharing and curation. The establishment phase was funded by the Department of Science and Technology, following a positive report on the 2007 feasibility study.

The centre has completed the full migration of data portals in Climate Modelling, Astronomy and Earth Observation and is currently migrating data portals in Humanities, medical applications on Rheumatic Heart Disease data and Bioinformatics data on genomic sequencing, amongst others.

Work is underway to drive the identification and curation of other critical research data in order to make it accessible to a wider community. There are also plans to expand the current storage capacity of 2 petabytes to enable sufficient access by the CHPC's other strategic partners.

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 18:42

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Announcements

CHPC Scheduled Maintenance Dates for 2014

25 April 2014

30 May 2014

04 July 2014 (08h00am - 08h00pm)

25 & 26 July 2014 until 04h00pm

29 August 2014

26 September 2014

31 October 2014

28 November 2014

26 December 2014

 

Tianhe-2 Takes Top 500

Tianhe-2, supercomputer developed in China's National University of Defense Technology, is the world's new No1 system with a performance of 33.86 petaflop/s on the Linpack benchmark, according to the 41st editition of the bi-annual Top500 List of the world's most powerful supercomputers. The list was announced on June 17 during the opening session of the 2013 International Supercomputing Conference in Leipzig, Germany.

Tianhe-2, or Milky Way-2 will be deployed at the National Supercomputer Center in Guangzho, China by the end of the end of the year.  

 

   Intel®Accelerate Your Code Software Skills Contest 

Three times a year (January-April, May-August, September-December), Intel organizes a parallel programming and software optimization contest. The contest is popular with more than 800 participants for the September-December 2012 edition. With 3 contests a year, each contest running for 4 months, you're always sure to have a contest running. This contest is for students and professional developers from the private and public sectors. The topic for the May-August contest is: Satellite Image Analysis and contestants can access Intel’s Xeon PHI remotely.


Lots of prizes to be won!
For more info click here.
 

Last Updated on Monday, 30 June 2014 10:30

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Future challenges see industry finding its way to high performance computing

 

26 March 2012

South Africa’s Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) now has over 500 users from across the science and engineering domains. Traditional users of the centre have been higher education institutions and research councils. However, ever-mounting pressures on industry to grow their business and to become more competitive, have led a number of companies to the CHPC.

The CSIR’s Research Impact Area (RIA) strategy for the advanced manufacturing industry seeks to achieve significant impact through the development and transfer of manufacturing technologies that improve the competitiveness of existing South African industry while also creating new manufacturing opportunities. CHPC industry partners such as Sasol, Hatch and others are using the facility to conduct computationally intensive research that seeks to advance their products and increase their competitive edge. They have access to the facilities without long-term commitment, which translates to cost-effective access.


Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 18:45

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