The CHPC is one of three primary pillars of the national cyber infrastructure intervention initiated by the Department of Science and Technology (DST) and managed by the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research's Meraka Institute.
The South African National Research Network (SANReN) and the Data Intensive Research Infrastructure of South Africa (Dirisa) complement the CHPC through the provision of high-speed, high-bandwidth connectivity and the effective curation of a variety of notably large databases.
The mission of the centre is to provide world-class HPC that enables cutting-edge research with high impact on the South African Economy.
The main objectives of the centre 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.
In its vision, the centre wants to become an accomplished and preferred partner for High Performance Computing solutions.
Since establishment in 2007, the centre has demonstrated maturity in supporting the computationally intensive research agenda of the country in the broad fields of science and engineering. This has been done mainly through the provision of state-of-the art HPC (high performance computing) infrastructure and human capital interventions.
CHPC has also positioned the country amongst the world's leading nations in HPC through placings in the world's fastest computer rankings (top500) and through attracting prominent people to partner with South Africa in developing HPC capabilities in the African continent. Key to these achievements is the increasing realisation of the private sector's need of HPC as a form of enhancing its competitiveness and adopting the centre as a partner of choice. This move has direct bearing on the objectives of the national government in particular towards job creation through competitive and innovative industry, and building of the advanced skills required for the knowledge-based economy as outlined in the DST's Ten Year Innovation Plan adopted in 2007
For more information about CHPC visit www.chpc.ac.za.