Highlights of the 2018 National Conference

Note: this year the workshops start on Sunday 2 December and continue on Thursday 6 December.

The conference main programme runs from Monday 3 December to Wednesday 5 December 2018.


Keynote Speakers

Patricia Damkroger, Intel

Thomas Sterling, Indiana University

Michael Foley

Bhekisipho Twala, UNISA 

Khutso Ngoasheng, SARAO

Elmarie Biermann, Cyber Security Institute


Invited Speakers


Peter Braam, Braam Research, LLC

Ian Shipsey, University of Oxford

Francesco Petruccione, University of KwaZulu Natal

Matthias Troyer, Microsoft

Jay Lofstead, Sandia National Laboratories

Kevin Brown, Tokyo Institute of Technology

Matthew Curry, Sandia National Laboratories

Kevin Naidoo, University of Cape Town

Nelishia Pillay, University of Pretoria

Peter Teske, University of Johannesburg

Hasani Chauke, University of Limpopo

Driaan Bezuidenhout, Mintek

Suzanne Cawood, eScience

Christopher Perry, Johnson-Matthey

Imraan Parker, De Beers Marine

Alan Christoffels, University of the Western Cape

Özlem Tastan Bishop, Rhodes University 

Wian van der Merwe, Aerotherm

Rob Farber, Techenablement


Industry Crossfire 

Addison Snell, Intersect360 Research



Sunday 2 December

Workshop: Introduction to HPC (1 day)

Presenters: Prof. Thomas Sterling and Dr Maciej Brodowicz (Indiana University)

Thursday 6 December



Birds-of-a-Feather Sessions

  • CHPC PI and Users BoF (Tuesday)

  • Women in HPC BoF (Wednesday)


Special Sessions

  • SA NREN (Tuesday)
  • DIRISA (Wednesday)
  • SADC Cyberinfrastructure Meeting (Monday and Tuesday)

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