CHPC Conference 2017

Durban 3 - 7 December 2017

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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.

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Contact us

Find our address and contact numbers below. Should you wish to contact us directly, please use our contact form.

Address: CSIR Campus, 15 Lower Hope St., Rosebank, Cape Town, South Africa
Tel: +27 (0)21 658-2740
Fax: +27 (0)21 658-2744

From the airport, travel along the N2 towards Cape Town.
From Cape Town, travel along the N2 towards the airport.

Take the Liesbeeck Parkway turnoff.
Travel towards Rondebosch (left if traveling from the airport, right if traveling from Cape Town.)
Turn right into Alma Road.
At the T-junction facing the railway line, turn left.
Turn left into Lower Hope Road (second road to the left).


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CHPC Staff Highlights

CHPC Employee Produces a MTech Dissertation on High Performance Computing

CHPC Senior Systems Administrator, Samuel Sticks Mabakane has recently completed his Masters Degree in IT at the Tshwane University of Technology (TUT). His thesis was on high performance computing, entitled 'Scaling of scientific software applications on CHPC clustering environment', a rare study in South Africa.

Sticks conducted his research in collaboration with the CHPC, Tshwane University of Technology (TUT), University of Cape Town (UCT) and University of Tennessee (UT) in the U.S.A under the advisory of supercomputing guru, Prof Jack Dongarra and supervisions of Drs Elmarie Biermann and Daniel Moeketsi, the later being a CHPC Senior Research Scientist. His research aims to make a contribution to the local and international HPC community, this study can be useful to scientific users and decision makers as it provides valuable information on how various codes perform on the CHPC supercomputer.

In his findings, Sticks indicates that the performance of scientific codes on supercomputers can be affected by interplays of factors such as network, architecture of the system, and configuration of the code.

Sticks is currently pursuing a PhD in Computer Science with the University of Cape Town. "Supercomputing systems have proven to be the most outstanding tool for both scientists and technologists and can play a valuable role in industry government, it all depends on the outlook of South Africans towards this technology", said Sticks.

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Organisational Structure

In the true spirit of Ubuntu (an African philosophy whereby a person is a person only through other people), the ethos of the CHPC is to harness a vibrant high-end computing ecosystem through strong partnerships.

High Level Structure of CHPC

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 10 research areas. Several multi-disciplinary and multi-institutional collaborations resulted from this partnership framework.

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