The Centre for High Performance Computing (www.chpc.ac.za) is South Africa’s national super computer facility supporting researchers and students from South African universities and research institutions, providing access to a 780 TFlop/s (121st on the world Top 500) cluster and 4 PB of storage. Operating since 2007, the CHPC has over 600 users, trained over 1500 students in parallel programming and HPC applications, and won the International Supercomputer Student Challenge three times.
The mission of the CHPC is to provide world-class high performance computing that enables cutting-edge research with high impact on the South African economy. Its main objectives are to enable South Africa to become globally competitive and to accelerate Africa's socio-economic upliftment through the effective application of high-end cyberinfrastructure. With 30% of its work dedicated to commercial use of HPC, the centre has helped local mining, finance, engineering and movie industries. With its 10 Gbps high-speed network connection to SANReN and the massive data archive of DIRISA, the CHPC complements these as one of the three primary pillars of the national cyberinfrastructure intervention supported by the Department of Science and Technology (DST).
The CHPC will celebrate its first decade at its tenth conference this December in East London: www.chpcconf.co.za