1-5 December 2019
Africa/Johannesburg timezone
Note: Intel Keynote starts at 18:00 today (Monday)


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.

Final programme and venue map now available.


Sunday 1 December 2019

Morning [09:00 to 12:30]:

  • SAFIRE for Service Providers, Guy Halse & Donald Coetzee, TENET/SAFIRE. [room: Virginia]

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. [room: Cape Town]

  • OpenStack cloud installation, Zama Mtshali, CHPC, Stig Telfer, Sakhile Masoka CHPC. [CANCELLED]

  • SIG: Security by Design and flaws in IoT Architectures, Meshack Ndala (convenor), CHPC. [room: Auditorium]

  • 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. [room: Barcelona]

  • From A to AI with Intel, Walter Riviera, Intel. [room: King Shaka]

  • Schrödinger Materials Science Suite, Caroline Krauter, Schrödinger. [room: Grand Central]

  • Receptor based virtual screening, molecular docking and molecular dynamics to explore promising molecules, Tahir Pillay, University of Pretoria, and Ataul Islam, University of Manchester. [room: Charles du

  • Machine Learning and applications Part 1, Deepak Kar, Wits University, and Bruce Mellado, Wits University and iThemba LABS. [room: Heathrow]




  • Opening and Keynote
  • HPC Storage and IO
  • HPC Applications
  • Quantum Computing [room: Heathrow]
  • BRICS Climate BoF [closed session in room: Virginia]
  • Vendor Crossfire
  • Poster Presentations [in Foyer]
  • Keynote and Dinner


  • Keynotes
  • HPC Technology
  • HPC Applications
  • HPC Ecosystems and Sysadmin BoF
  • Women in HPC BoF
  • Poster Presentations [in Foyer]


  • Keynotes
  • HPC Technology
  • HPC Applications
  • HPC Education BoF
  • CR4D Climate Research for Development BoF [closed session in: Virginia]
  • 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 [room: Auditorium]
  • SIG: Chemistry, Material science and Health science, Cornie van Sittert, North-West University and Penny Govender, University of Johannesburg [room: King Shaka]

  • 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 [room: Virginia]

  • NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute (DLI) Deep Learning Fundamentals, Krishna Mouli, Boston Limited [room: Cape Town]

  • HPC on OpenStack, David Power, Boston Limited [room: Grand Central]

  • iRODS core competencies, capabilities, patterns and use cases, Claude Fortune, DIRISA [room: Waterkloof]

  • Simplifying Research Data Management with Globus, Vas Vasiliadis, University of Chicago [room: Marco Polo]

  • Machine Learning and applications Part 2, Deepak Kar, Wits University, and Bruce Mellado, Wits University and iThemba LABS [room:Heathrow]

  • SIG: NICIS Cyber Security Engagement, NICIS [room: Charles du Gaulle]




Registration: 08:00 to 17:00 O.R. Tambo Foyer
Coffee Breaks:

10:30 to 11:00


15:00 to 15:30

International Centre


Domestic Centre

Lunch: 12:30 to 13:30 Cloversgreen