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CHPC installs new system

CHPC users will notice that systems are currently inaccessible as has been communicated by the centre from the end of last year. At the CHPC National Conference in December 2015, the centre unveiled its new PETAFLOP (PFLOP) machine, a computer with processing speeds capable of a thousand-trillion floating point operations per second.

The installation of the new system means CHPC users can expect downtime as the current systems will be put out of commission and removed from 8 January 2016. It is estimated that the new system will be available to users from mid-March 2016, following the installation and testing phase.  

The increase in computing resources means the centre minimises the waiting time that users were subjected to, enabling CHPC to provide improved services to its growing clientele.

The new system consists of Dell servers, powered by Intel processors, using FDR InfiniBand by Mellanox and is managed by the Bright Cluster Manager. 

 

Last Updated on Thursday, 03 March 2016 14:45

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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. 

Prizes

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

Awards

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.

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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