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CHPC hosts first OpenSim meeting

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

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Tertiary institution students visit CHPC to explore Africa's fastest supercomputer

Since the installation of the Centre for High Performance Computing’s fastest supercomputer – the Lengau cluster – in June 2016, the centre has been inundated with student visits from various tertiary institutions.

During the month of September the centre has had visits from the University of Limpopo and Walter Sisulu University. The visits formed part of faculties’ intentions to expose their students to various opportunities in industry and research institutions

 

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The tours normally include presentations about the centre’s technical and research activities and visits to the different labs including the super computer room. “The students are always excited about the demonstration of the "mini-super computer" in the Advance Computer Engineering Laboratory (ACE-Lab),” said Dr Daniel Moeketsi, Senior Research Scientist at CHPC.

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2016 07:56

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CHPC National Meeting 2016 Registration now open

Please register for the 2016 meeting in East London

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 October 2016 07:52

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CHPC hosts Cluster Comparison Cape Town (CompaCT) 2016 Workshop

 
During 11-15 July 2016, 20 astronomers from around the world gathered under one roof at the CHPC in Cape Town to continue their efforts in trying to understand the scatter between different state-of-the-art hydrodynamical codes when simulating the growth and evolution of galaxy clusters. The CompaCT workshop, organised by Daniel Cunnama (UWC postdoctoral fellow) and Sean February (CHPC research scientist), attracted a number of local students and postdocs in the field. 
 
The workshop - the 3rd of its kind in a series of internationally hosted galaxy cluster comparison workshops that began in Madrid in 2014 - was a great success. Productivity levels were on par with previous workshops. Each participant was provided with access to one of CHPC's Ranger nodes (i.e. 16 cores, 64 GB RAM), which was managed by ACE lab's Israel Tshililo.
 
Chris Power kicking things off with a summary of where we are. [Image credit: Prospery Simpemba]
Chris Power kicking things off with a summary of where we are. [Image credit: Prospery Simpemba]
 
In keeping with previous workshops, the program for the week was dominated by sessions of working on projects of interest, engaging with collaborators, and presenting some interesting findings to everyone as they came up.
 
Left: participants hard at work. Right: NASSP Masters student Londiwe Ndlangamandla updating us on her bold project involving the classification of 300 simulated galaxy clusters. [Image credit: Prospery Simpemba]
Left: participants hard at work. Right: NASSP Masters student Londiwe Ndlangamandla updating us on her bold project involving the classification of 300 simulated galaxy clusters. [Image credit: Prospery Simpemba]
 
After a variety of comparisons for one particular galaxy cluster, this project already resulted in 5 publications with a few more expected to come out of the current workshop.
 
Charles Crosby (left) providing an overview of the CHPC, and Sean February (right) showing off the CHPC's shiny new Lengau supercomputer. [Image credit: Prospery Simpemba]
Charles Crosby (left) providing an overview of the CHPC, and Sean February (right) showing off the CHPC's shiny new Lengau supercomputer. [Image credit: Prospery Simpemba]
 
Comparison data is currently being made available for a additional 5 simulated galaxy clusters and various projects have been initiated during the week, including:
- Tracking individual halos through cosmic time to investigate pre-processing, gas stripping and backsplash.
- The formation and evolution of protoclusters.
- Ionization fractions at high redshift.
- Investigation into sources of hydrostatic mass bias.
 
The support of this workshop both technically and financially, demonstrated not only CHPC's, but more generally the Department of Science and Technology's, commitment to train and prepare young and local researchers for big data problems in Science and beyond.
 
CompaCT participants. [Image credit: Tina Schilder]
CompaCT participants. [Image credit: Tina Schilder]
 

Last Updated on Friday, 12 August 2016 09:57

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