1-5 December 2019
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
Early-bird registration is now closed.


The 2019 CHPC Conference includes a broad and diverse programme of workshops, tutorials, special interest group (SIG) seminars, birds-of-a-feather (BoF) meetings, and technical sessions.

Draft schedule available.


Sunday 1 December 2019

Morning [09:00 to 12:30]:

  • SAFIRE for Service Providers, Guy Halse & Donald Coetzee, TENET/SAFIRE.

Full day [09:00 to 17:00]:

  • CHPC Users' Guide: (1) Induction, Andrew Gill & Kevin Colville, CHPC; (2) PBS Pro for Users, Nkwe Monama & Zama Mtshali, CHPC; and (3) Practical HPC, Krishna Govender & Andrew Gill, CHPC.
  • OpenStack cloud installation, Zama Mtshali, CHPC, Stig Telfer, Sakhile Masoka CHPC.
  • SIG: Security by Design and flaws in IoT Architectures, Meshack Ndala (convenor), CHPC
  • SIG: Weather and Climate Modelling, Mary-Jane Bopape (convenor), South African Weather Service, Fabio Porto (convenor), LNCC – DEXL (Brazil), Victor Stepanenko (convenor), Lomonosov Moscow State University
  • From A to AI with Intel, Walter Riviera, Intel
  • Schrödinger Materials Science Suite, Caroline Krauter, Schrödinger
  • Receptor based virtual screening, molecular docking and molecular dynamics to explore promising molecules, Tahir Pillay, University of Pretoria, and Ataul Islam, University of Manchester
  • Machine Learning and applications Part 1, Deepak Kar, Wits University, and Bruce Mellado, Wits University and iThemba LABS




  • Opening and Keynote
  • HPC Storage and IO
  • HPC Applications
  • BRICS Climate BoF [closed session]
  • Vendor Crossfire
  • Keynote and Dinner


  • Keynotes
  • HPC Technology
  • HPC Applications
  • HPC Ecosystems and Sysadmin BoF
  • Women in HPC BoF


  • Keynotes
  • HPC Technology
  • HPC Applications
  • HPC Education BoF
  • CR4D Climate Research for Development BoF [closed session]
  • CHPC PIs and Users BoF
  • Keynote and Prize-Giving Ceremony



Full day [09:00 to 17:00]:

  • SIG: CHPC Industry Forum, Werner Janse Van Rensburg, CHPC
  • SIG: Chemistry, Material science and Health science, Cornie van Sittert, North-West University and Penny Govender, University of Johannesburg

  • Accelerated free energy calculations using open-source tools: Galaxy Project platform, BRIDGE and Galaxy Comp. Chem., Kevin J.  Naidoo, Chris Barnett, and Tharindu Senapathi, University of Cape Town

  • NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) Deep Learning Fundamentals, Michael Li, Boston Limited

  • HPC on OpenStack, David Power, Boston Limited

  • iRODS core competencies, capabilities, patterns and use cases, Claude Fortune, DIRISA

  • Globus, Vas Vasiliadis, University of Chicago

  • Machine Learning and applications Part 2, Deepak Kar, Wits University, and Bruce Mellado, Wits University and iThemba LABS

  • SIG: NICIS Cyber Security Engagement, NICIS

Afternoon [13:30 to 17:00]:

  • Tuning and optimisation of parallel programs on the CHPC's Lengau cluster, Samuel Mabakane, CHPC.