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SIG Workshops

The CHPC actively partners with Special Interest Groups (SIGs) to address the needs of specific research domains.

Through collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders, the CHPC and its community are able to link up with technology missions in the National R&D Strategy in order to jointly address a wide range of notable challenges.

Stakeholders, general users and members of the CHPC have self-assembled into Special Interest Groups (SIGs) involving various research areas:

  •     Advanced Computer Engineering
  •     Astrophysics, Astronomy & Cosmology
  •     Bioinformatics & Epidemiology
  •     Chemistry, Biochemistry & Material Science
  •     Computational Earth Science
  •     Computational Engineering
  •     Computational Finance
  •     Computational Graphics & Visualisation
  •     Computer Science & High-end Computing Technology
  •     Computational Physics

Several multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaborations resulted from this partnership framework. SIG Workshop Sponsorships have enabled the successful hosting of several workshops by local and international experts in different regions of South Africa, involving not only academia, but also experts from industry and the public sector.

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Python course held at the CHPC

An introduction course to Python programming was held at the CHPC, Rosebank during September 2010.

Over 30 participants, originating mostly from the Oceanography Dept., UCT and CSIR attended the 5 day course, which included post-graduate students as well as experienced researchers. They were introduced to the basics of object-oriented python programming. A number of examples illustrating the power of Python were also show-cased. This Python course aimed to introduce a wide range of researchers to the power of python as well as help scientists migrate from Matlab-based programming to open-source Python.

Follow the links below to see course tutorials by:


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Training & Workshop

The Centre for High Performance Computing is committed to the advancement of science by supporting world-class research.

 The CHPC provides world-class high performance computing facilities and resources as well as a broad spectrum of educational courses to meet the needs of users.

To apply for the use of high performance computing facilities at the CHPC please use our application form.

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Research & Human capital development

The CHPC offers a broad spectrum of educational courses to meet the needs of users, including the following:

  • Users' induction course
  • Cluster-building course
  • Introduction to Linux and scripting for scientists
  • Hardware and software development

The CHPC has an education and outreach programme to create a public awareness of the role of computational science, particularly high-performance computing in everyday life, and also to promote computational science in schools and at tertiary institutions and promote careers in computational science and engineering.

The majority of CHPC Staff in the Research and HCD Department have taught formal modules or presented advanced courses at tertiary educational institutions (TEIs). The CHPC encourages TEIs to create and offer formal courses and degrees relevant to the context of high-performance computing: computer applications and advanced computer engineering.

Upcoming Workshops

Outreach & Education

SIG Workshops

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