Student Activities and Sponsorships at the 2019 CHPC National Conference

Student Cluster Competition

Organised by the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC), the Student Cluster Competition will see teams of undergraduate students compete with their clusters in the national competition. Refer here for more information.

Cyber Security Competition

Organised by the South African National Research Network (SANReN), teams of undergraduate students will compete in the Cyber Security Challenge. Refer to here for more information.

Poster Competition

Postgraduate students are invited to present their research posters at the conference.  All student posters will be included in the CHPC poster competition with prizes awarded for best overall poster, best presentation or visualization of data, and other categories.

Poster display boards will be provided by the CHPC and will be set up in the exhibition area. Display boards will be 900mm wide and posters should be in portrait A1 size. Please note that posters must be in English and must have a title, author’s name and affiliation. Students are encouraged to bring posters relating to the theme of the conference or their field of study. All posters should be set up between 2pm and 4pm on Sunday, 1 December 2019 and be removed on Thursday, 5 December 2019 by 12 noon.

HPC Content: your poster must include comments on the HPC aspects of your work, which summarizes the use of HPC or the application to HPC. For example, include information on the HPC application code used, problem size, core counts, memory, scaling, use of OpenMP or MPI, computational challenges, runtime, etc.

Datathon Challenge

The Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA) will be hosting its inaugural student Datathon Challenge during the conference. The Datathon will give students an opportunity to use open data to come up with creative and innovative solutions to assist in solving some of South Africa’s challenges. The DIRISA Student Datathon encourages the use of open data to promote open science and data science skills.


Any student or postdoc whose abstract for a poster or talk is accepted may apply for support to attend the conference.  Accommodation and national travel will be provided on successful application. Note that there is a limit to the number of students who can be sponsored, so we cannot guarantee that all applicants will be granted support. Only students registered full-time at a South African university for 2019 and residing inside South Africa are eligible to apply for support.

Should a student not receive confirmation of a sponsorship grant by 5 November 2019, please consider you grant application unsuccessful.

CHPC National Conference 2019, to be hosted at Birchwood Conference Centre, Kempton Park, South Africa, 1-5 December 2019.

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