CHPC National Meeting 2016
5-9 December East London ICC, South Africa
“The Last Decade of Accomplishment, the Next Decade of Opportunity”
It gives me a great pleasure to welcome you to the 10thCHPC Annual National Meeting. For the first time the event will be held in the beautiful Eastern Cape province at the new East London International Convention Center (EL ICC). We are excited to expand the presence of the meeting to this important part of South Africa, in keeping with our mission of HPC service delivery to all users of the CHPC in South Africa.
The theme for this year’s conference is: “The Last Decade of Accomplishment, the Next Decade of Opportunity” aiming to celebrate 10 years of successful HPC provisioning and outlining our ambitious plans for the next decade. In line with our recently consolidated National Cyber-Infrastructure, our colleagues from the South African National Research Network (SANReN) and Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) will join us for a comprehensive program of events.
The main conference program is scheduled from Tuesday, 6 December 2016, to Thursday, 8 December 2016, which will be preceded by a day dedicated to tutorials and short teaching courses on Monday, 5 December 2016, and a day dedicated for workshops on Friday, 9 December 2016. Once again, the Southern African Development Community (SADC) HPC Collaboration Forum will form part of the National Meeting proceedings to discuss and draft SADC HPC framework and implementation plans.
In addition to exhibitions by our sponsors, we will again host our national Student Cluster Competition (SCC). 10 Teams (consisting of four undergraduate students each) from different universities will battle it out to demonstrate their cluster building and HPC application skills. The winning team will be crowned at the National Meeting and will participate in the International SCC in Frankfurt, Germany in June 2017. The 2016 team took 1stplace at the International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in Frankfurt, Germany, continuing an extraordinary history of success for the CHPC in this international competition over the last four years.
To our invited speakers, sponsors, regular attendees, students and exhibitors, we welcome you to East London. For those of you that will join us for the first time, we trust that you will enjoy the conference and that you will make the CHPC your computing home!
Dr Happy Sithole
Director: Centre for High Performance Computing