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Wits wins 2015 Student Cluster Competition


Wits University has for a second-year running, snatched the top position in the annual CHPC Student Cluster Competition, making Wits the main component of the South African national team that will proceed to the international competition. 
The event took place at the CHPC National Conference held at the CSIR international Convention Centre, 30 November - 4 December 2015. Nine teams were given a budget and a parts-list for the cluster they were to build, they then chose a design and made important decisions on what the main features of their machines would be. They were then given some benchmarks and surprise applications to run on their machines and a panel of international judges made assessments of their hard work. 


Best Perseverance Award: Supercomputing Smoothy & White Hats
Most Creative Team: Team UKZN
Best Cluster Design: Super C's
Best Team Work: Deep Thought
Best Network Performance: Quad Core 2


3rd Place: Blink 10110110
2nd Place, highest Linpack and highest efficiency: Quad Core 1
1st Place: Wits 1
The South African competition is made up of teams of four while the international level requires teams of six. So the judges selected two members from the Stellenbosch University's team to make up the team to represent South Africa in Frankfurt, Germany in June 2016. 
In February 2016, the team of six will be visiting the Dell High Performance Computing Research and Development facility and the Texas Advances Computing Center in Austin, Texas. 
Watch here for the competition and the awards

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2016 15:35

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Student Poster Winners at CHPC 2015 Conference

The CHPC National Conference held from 30 November to 4 December 2015 featured 20 student researchers who demonstrated their work through posters. Thy came from various South African institutions of higher learning and across many research domain and showcased their CHPC facilitated research.  

A panel of five independent judges, experts in the fields of engineering, biomedical applications, computational chemistry and material science evaluated the posters, most of which were in one of these fields. Five evaluation criteria were used, namely: presentation, use of high performance computing (HPC), scientific merit, quality of work and insight. The judges initially evaluated each poster independently, then compared notes and made a group decision on the winners.



In third place there were four winners:

  1. Sesham Srinu (UCT) – HPC and Computer Science: Optimal Approximate Entropy Detection for Dynamic Spectrum Access in Cognitive Radio
  2. Jean-Paul Fouche (CUBIC) – Health and Life Sciences: The ENIGMA-HIV working group: Association of CD4 with subcortical volume in HIV-positive adults
  3. Mofuti Mehlape (UL) – Material Science: Computational Modelling Studies of Pentladite Minerals: Atomistic Simulators Study
  4. David Tshwane (UL) – Material Science: Generation of MnO2 Nanotubes using Computer Simulation Strategy
Second Place
Elumalai Pavadai (UCT) – Computational Chemistry: (IN ABSENTIA) New Human Malaria Parasite Dihydroortate Dehydrogenase Inhibitors by Pharmacophore and Structure-based Virtual Screening.
First Place
Arodola Olayide (UKZN) -- Health and Life Sciences: Flap Dynamics Study of Human Cathespin D in the Treatment of Breast Cancer using Multidimensional Computational Analysis

Last Updated on Thursday, 07 January 2016 13:42

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Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on S&T visits CHPC

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Science and Technology (PPCST) visited the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Rosebank, Cape Town on 12 August 2015 where they gained insights on the centre's operations, challenges and future plans.

CHPC Director, Dr Happy Sithole offered a presentation of the centre's structure, key operations and high level projects to the 10 committee members, who were especially interested in the centre's interactions with South African commercial industry; its involvement in the Square Kilometre Array project and the centre's network connectivity to South African universities, research councils and to the world at large.

The PPCST was accompanied by a high-level delegation from the Department of Science and Technology and the CSIR. The committee plans to visit other science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) entities in the country in an effort to acquire a broad understanding of the South African STEM landscape.

Last Updated on Friday, 14 August 2015 11:57

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CHPC takes 2nd prize in 2015 Student Cluster Competition

On 15 July the CHPC student team took second honours at the 4th High Performance Computing Advisory Council HPCAC-International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) Student Cluster Competition, , where more than 2,600 attendees and 160 exhibitors from around the globe met in Frankfurt, Germany.  


The competition featured small teams that competed to demonstrate the incredible capabilities of state-of- the-art high-performance cluster hardware and software. In a real-time challenge, 11 teams of six undergraduate and/or high school students built small clusters of their own design on the ISC exhibit floor and raced to demonstrate the greatest performance across a series of benchmarks and applications.


The students received a unique opportunity to learn, experience and demonstrate how high-performance computing influence our world and day-to-day learning. Held in collaboration with the HPCAC and ISC, the Student Cluster Competition is designed to introduce the next generation of students to the high performance computing world and community.


Final results were as follows:

1st place:Tsinghua University, China

2nd place:Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC)

3rd place:University of Science and Technology of China

Highest LINPACK performance:Jamia Millia Islamia University, India

Fan favourite:Purdue University & Universidad EAFIT


Last Updated on Tuesday, 21 July 2015 13:25

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