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Supercomputing Crowdsourced Against Ebola Fight

Oct 27, 2014 |

IBM is applying big data analytics and citizen engagement technologies to devise culturally appropriate methods for stopping the spread of Ebola in West Africa. The tech giant is working with Sierra Leone’s Open Government Initiative (OGI), as well as Cambridge University’s Africa’s Voices project, telco firm Airtel, and Kenya’s Echo Mobile to battle the deadly outbreak. Read more…

NSF Petaflopper Skips Retirement for New Life in Africa

Jul 15, 2014 |

Quick obsolescence goes hand-in-hand with cutting-edge technology. Supercomputing is no exception, and it’s not unusual for these great machines to have lifespans of only a few years. While some retired number crunchers go into storage to perhaps be reconstituted by a museum in a later decade, other systems have happier retirement stories. Such is the Read more…

Genomics Advances in Africa

Dec 12, 2013 |

Scientists at Stellenbosch University (SU) in Africa have completed the first sequencing of the human genome on that continent with the help of a 5500xl Next Generation Sequencer, nicknamed MegaMind. This achievement was featured in a recent issue of Quest: Science for South Africa, a popular science magazine, published each quarter by the Academy of Read more…

South Africa’s HPC Center Tames Its ‘Zoo of Architectures’

Apr 13, 2010 |

The 21st century has seen a plethora of supercomputing centers sprouting up across the globe. While the US, Western Europe, and Japan are still the dominant HPC territories, rapidly developing countries such as China, India, Brazil, Russia and Saudi Arabia are quickly ramping up their HPC infrastructures. Of all the regions, though, Africa is still mostly an HPC desert. But in Cape Town, South Africa, the three-year-old Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) aims to change all that.

Blue Gene for Africa

Feb 18, 2009 |

IBM has donated a Blue Gene supercomputer to South Africa’s Center for High-Performance Computing as part of a $120 million investment in sub-Saharan Africa.

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