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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.

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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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Student cluster build competition


9 May 2012

Application deadline extended to Thursday 7 June 2012.

The CHPC announces the opening of its search for the best computer science and engineering undergraduate students to participate in the CHPC Cluster Build Competition. The national competition takes place in December 2012 in Durban. The winning team will go on to represent South Africa at the International Supercomputing student competition in Germany in 2013.

The CHPC invites applications from suitably qualified candidates to attend the HPC Winter School and enter the competition. Its purpose is to introduce South African students to fundamental knowledge of high performance computing techniques and select regional teams for the CHPC's Student Cluster Competition in December 2012.

The competition and training is only open to South African students enrolled in a computer science related degree who are in 2nd year if enrolled in a 3 year degree, or 2nd/3rd year if enrolled in a 4 year degree.

The course will cover the concepts and theory of parallel computers, and programming for parallel systems with MPI, OpenMP and CUDA, using the C, Fortran or python programming languages.

The HPC School will run from Monday 2 July to Saturday 7 July at the University of the Free State, Bloemfontein. Cluster competition entrants will then participate immediately at the end of the school on Sunday 8 July in an evaluation and selection process for the December competition.

Please note that not all attendees of the HPC School will compete in the CHPC Student Cluster Competition in December, however, if you attend the HPC School you must be available to participate in the competition.

In the CHPC Student Cluster Competition participants will build small HPC clusters out of hardware provided by the CHPC. The contest will take place on the exhibition floor at the CHPC National Meeting in Durban, 3–7 December 2012. The participants will be given a selection of applications to optimise and run on their clusters to demonstrate the design’s performance. The winning team will be sent to Germany in June 2013 to represent the country at the ISC Student Cluster Competition.

There are no fees for successful applicants. The CHPC will cover the costs of accommodation during all events as well as air travel and conference fees.

Applicants must meet the following criteria:

    Hold South African Citizenship
    Not hold any undergraduate degree
    If enrolled in a 3 year degree be in 2nd year
    If enrolled in a 4 year degree be in 2nd or 3rd year
    Be in good academic standing
    Be available for the CHPC Student Cluster Competition from 3rd to 7th December
    Be available to attend ISC in late June 2013
    Correctly complete the application form

Should you wish to participate kindly complete the registration form below, obtain a letter of support from an academic staff member of your faculty and attach your academic transcript.

No prior background in HPC will be assumed. Interactive lectures and computer tutorials will attempt to introduce the students to a range of key aspects of HPC and further illustrate how these tools are currently being applied to address research problems.

Transport, accommodation, and full board will be provided. Owing to budgetary constraints, only limited places are available for suitably qualified students.


CLOSING DATE FOR APPLICATIONS: 18h00 Thursday 7 June 2012

Should you wish to become one of the participants, please complete the following application form and email the document back to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. before the closing date. Successful candidates will be notified by Monday 11 June 2012.

Download the full application form in MS Word format.

The CHPC calls for all talented students to submit their applications. As a public funded institution, the CHPC supports the transformation of South Africa and thus the organisers highly encourage students from previously disadvantaged backgrounds to submit their applications. For general enquiries please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 August 2012 15:11

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