Sub-Sahara Tree Survey Finds Success with AWS, Hybrid Cloud

August 4, 2016

Vegetation is such an important part of climate health that scientists are working to perfect biomass measurement techniques. A region of particular interest is a coast-to-coast band of sub-Sahara Africa that is home to an estimated one billion trees and shrubs. Scientists from the University of Minnesota and the NASA Center for Climate Simulation (NCCS) were able to arrive at this figure using a combination of NASA resources and commercial cloud technologies to process satellite image data. Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Workshop Aims to Engage and Inspire Africa’s HPC Professionals

July 9, 2015

In Africa, high performance computing and related technologies are needed to battle issues no-less-urgent than climate change, food security, fresh water, pover Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Cultivating HPC in South Africa

February 19, 2015

When you think of high-performance computing on a global level, heavy hitters from the US, Europe and Asia may spring to mind. But the democratization of HPC  Read more…

By Chelsea Lang

Team Wits-A reigned over 2014 CHPC Student Cluster Competition

January 28, 2015

At the Dec. 1-5, 2014, South African Center for High Performance Computing’s (CHPC) Ninth National Meeting, student-participants of their third annual student Read more…

By Elizabeth Leake, STEM-Trek

Supercomputing Crowdsourced Against Ebola Fight

October 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 Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

NSF Petaflopper Skips Retirement for New Life in Africa

July 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 lifespa Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

Genomics Advances in Africa

December 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 Ge Read more…

By Tiffany Trader

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

April 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. Read more…

By Michael Feldman

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