HPC Ecosystems Project: Facilitating Advanced Research Computing in Africa
Event Type
TimeTuesday, July 306:30pm - 8:30pm
LocationCrystal Foyer and Crystal B
DescriptionThe HPC Ecosystems Project is an initiative of the Centre for High Performance Computing in South Africa (CHPC) and is responsible for the distribution and re-deployment of decommissioned HPC hardware as mid-tier systems to research institutions both locally within South Africa and regionally across Africa.

Primarily focusing on Human Capital Development for HPC-related skills (both for administration and usage) and the deployment of HPC capacity in Africa, the Project runs regular on-site workshops to develop the growing cohort of HPC System Administrators, typically co-located with an HPC site deployment. Square Kilometre Array (SKA) partner sites (part of the SKA-readiness programme) and local South African sites (Universities and research institutes) are the primary recipients of this training, although other nations outside of this scope have been and continue to be invited to participate (self-funded). The Project spends varying amounts of time providing HPC cluster administration support, training and workshops / lectures on general parallel computing concepts.

The project aims to enable self-sufficient, independent, functional and successful HPC sites while also producing skilled administrators. Currently the HPC Ecosystems community has representation from more than 100 people across 16 nations and 3 continents.

HPC Equipment has been repurposed from leading HPC Centers such as The Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC - Ranger and Stampede equipment), Cambridge University, and the CHPC.

The most recent deployment of equipment is TACC's former Stampede HPC, to countries across Africa.