On Tuesday 20 June 2017, PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe) and the CHPC (Centre for High Performance Computing, South Africa) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) at the PRACE booth at ISC 2017. The inspiration for this MoU came from informal meetings between PRACE and the CHPC that took place at the International Conference on Research Infrastructure (ICRI) 2016, in October 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa.
PRACE Managing Director, Serge Bogaerts and CHPC Director, Dr Happy Sithole are delighted to announce the signing of the MoU between the CHPC, (South Africa) and PRACE (Europe).
The purpose of the MoU is to implement a fruitful exchange of information in the fields of Computational Science and Engineering. In addition, the aim is to identify collaboration and partnership opportunities as a strategic objective. To achieve these objectives, a set of concrete tasks will be identified and then supervised by coordinators designated by both the CHPC (Dr Werner Janse van Rensburg) and PRACE (Serge Bogaerts). The follow-up of the implementation of this MoU will also be the subject of technical meetings between the parties.
“The CHPC is delighted about the memorandum of understanding agreed with PRACE as it will pave the way for defining concrete collaboration opportunities for the benefit of CHPC and its users. It will also positively build the networking opportunities between the CHPC and PRACE. I’m indeed looking forward to this exciting collaboration opportunity,” said Dr van Rensburg, CHPC Research Manager.
The MoU between the CHPC and PRACE will strengthen and deepen their co-operation at the international level and reinforce the HPC ecosystem worldwide.
“This MoU between PRACE and CHPC is another step towards a world-wide HPC ecosystem for excellent science and research supporting flagship projects like SKA (square kilometre array),” said Prof. Dr Anwar Osseyran, Chair of the PRACE Council.
The CHPC is a national, government-funded, high performance computing centre (HPC) of South Africa. The centre provides world-class HPC that enables cutting-edge research in South Africa and the region. The CHPC is one of three primary pillars of the South African national cyberinfrastructure system supported by the Department of Science and Technology. The South African National Research Network (SANReN) and the Data Intensive Research Infrastructure of South Africa (DIRISA) complement the CHPC through provision of high-bandwidth connectivity and effective curation of a variety of large and critical databases.
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