A 15 person delegation from the Taiwan Ministry of Science and Technology, led by Dr Wayne Wang (Director General: Hsinchu Science Park) and Prof Henry H.H Chen (Director of Science and Technology Division) visited the Centre for High Perfomance Computing (CHPC) on 1 November 2016. The delegation is visiting the country for the Taiwan Bilateral Workshop on Innovation Enablers, held in Cape Town on 02 November 2016 as well as the South Africa-Taiwan 3rd Joint meeting held in Pretoria on 04 November 2016.
In an effort to establish possible areas of collaboration, the delegation visited a number of centres attached to the South African Department of Science and Technology. At the CHPC the delegates were hosted by Dr Werner Janse van Rensburg (CHPC Research Manager) and Edward Rakate (CHPC Operations Manager). Janse Van Rensburg gave an overview presentation on the CHPC before taking the delegation on a tour of the centre, including the CHPC data centre and the Advanced Computer Engineering Laboratory (ACE Lab).
Janse van Rensburg also participated in the South Africa / Taiwan Bilateral Workshop on Innovation Enablers, where he participated in the Thematic Group Discussions related to ICT and Smart City Applications. These discussions also involved inputs from Prof Grace Lin (Asia University, Taiwan) and Dr Quentin Williams (Meraka Institute, CSIR). It is envisaged that the engagement with Taiwanese representatives will streamline future engagement and collaboration opportunities for ICT in general, but specifically for high performance computing.