SA gets first supercomputer

first_img23 May 2007South African researchers will now have a better chance in their quest to find new knowledge and scientific applications, with the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) giving them access to massive amounts of computing power.The centre, an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology, is hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and managed by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research’s Meraka Institute.This new facility will be the hub for computational research support and resource supply in Africa.“The CHPC represents an important step in the modernisation of our South African science infrastructure,” said Science and Technology Minister Mosibudi Mangena during the official opening of the facility this week.“I am confident that this will ensure that we have the requisite capacity to generate new knowledge and cement South Africa’s position as an attractive destination for science and technology endeavours.”The centre, which started operating early this year, is already being used to carry out three projects research projects. One such project focuses on climate change, undertaken by UCT Professors Bruce Hewitson and Frank Shillington.UCT’s vice-chancellor and principal, Professor Njabulo Ndebele said, “As a leading research-led university in South Africa, UCT is proud to be involved with this significant project that has far-reaching implications for research that impacts local and global societies.”North-West University Professor Marius Potgieter is using the CHPC for his research into cosmology, while University of Limpopo Professor Phuti Ngoepe is conducting a study into enhancing the cost effectiveness and energy efficiency of high-energy density, solid-state lithium-ion batteries.Other typical commercial applications for the CHPC are in the pharmaceutical, chemical and petroleum, software development, mining, automobile and financial and commerce industries.The Meraka Institute’s technology research manager, Johan Eksteen said, “The facilities at the CHPC provide impetus for researchers throughout southern Africa to engage in a collaborative and multidisciplinary approach to solve complex computationally intensive problems that will make a real difference.”According to CHPC deputy director, Dr Happy Sithole, the centre operates within a multiple stakeholder environment, and is a good example of a public-private partnership.“The CHPC environment enhances the output of research projects in many ways. In addition to facilitating the development of on-site research laboratories, it also strengthens collaboration with international research communities and promotes partnerships with science councils, research initiatives and experimentalists,” he said.High-performance computingSouth Africa’s first true supercomputer for scientific research is a result of a R10-million deal struck between the CHPC and IBM in November 2006The IBM-made supercomputer features 160 clustered compute nodes, each equipped with two dual-core Advanced Micro Devices Opteron 2.6 gigahertz processors and 16 gigabytes of memory, while the system has a shared data storage capacity of 50 terabytes.Eight of the cluster nodes are fitted with ClearSpeed accelerator cards.The supercomputer is said to have a peak performance of around 2.5 terraflops, or, in other words, 2.5-million million mathematical operations every second.Besides supplying the system, IBM is also contributing two IBM Unix shared memory computers for training, to help establish ClearSpeed expertise at the centre and to collaborate in application domain focussed research.In addition, IBM is also to offer beta testing of other new and emerging technologies, and to provide access to IBM BlueGene, Cell and Deep Visualisation technologies.“We are very excited about this milestone in the establishment of a significant addition to South Africa’s scientific infrastructure,” the Department of Science and Technology’s Bethuel Sehlapelo said during the signing of that deal.“It will enable skills development in the cutting-edge field of high performance computing, which in addition to enhancing our scientific outputs will offer many downstream benefits for local industry and commerce.”SouthAfrica.info reporter and BuaNews Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more


Brand South Africa congratulates team South Africa for their achievements in their respective sporting fields

first_imgJohannesburg, Monday 16 July 2018 – As we commemorate Nelson Mandela’s Centenary this month, the country is reminded of some of Mandela’s passions that unify citizens and contribute towards building a better world for all, one of which is sport.In the words of the great statesman, “Sports have the power to change the world. It has the power to inspire, the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sports can create hope, where there was once only despair. It is more powerful than governments in breaking down racial barriers.” Brand South Africa congratulates our sports women and men for their sporting achievements over the weekend. Sport is a great way of building the image and reputation of the nation brand and its attractiveness on a global stage. It is with this notion that the importance of good performance in sport is acknowledged as a positive construct to position the nation brand for competitive advantage.“Thank you team South Africa, the country’s prowess in sport is and continues to reach great stature because of your dedication”, said Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer Mrs Linda Magapatona-Sangaret.Some of the weekend sporting achievements include;Record-breaking tennis playoffs by Kevin Anderson, Raven Klaasen and Kgothatso Montjane at WimbledonIn golf, Justin Harding carded a one-under-par 71 to secure his maiden Asian Tour victory at the Indonesia Open and Brandon Stone for winning the Scottish Open by four strokesA first-ever win in motorsport,for Brad Binder at the Moto2 race in Germany at the Sachsenring circuitCaster Semenya set a new South African record in Athletics at Rabat Diamond League in Morocco“It is truly fitting that our sports men and women did us proud during Mandela service month, when we are all urged to be the legacy. I believe there are many young people who have been encouraged to persevere and chase their dreams. Brand South Africa hails all South Africans who represented us across the globe, this past weekend” adds Mrs Magapatona-Sangaret.BrandSouthAfrica and @Brand_SATo set up interviews, please contact: Ntombi NtanziTel: 011 712 5071Email: ntombin@brandsouthafrica.comlast_img read more


Got a hot body? Now you can charge your device

first_imgOne of the biggest wearable bugbears, in my opinion, is the constant need to charge a smartwatch or fitness tracker every few days. Luckily, a new research project from North Carolina State University has shown a possible way to charge wearables without having to take them off everyday.The researchers, led by associate professor of electrical and computer engineering, Daryoosh Vashaee, developed a new design for harvesting body heat and converting it into electricity.See Also: Audi says relax: Wearables to make your drive calmer“Wearable thermoelectric generators (TEGs) generate electricity by making use of the temperature differential between your body and the ambient air,” said Vashaee. “Previous approaches either made use of heat sinks—which are heavy, stiff and bulky—or were able to generate only one microwatt or less of power per centimeter squared (µW/cm2). Our technology generates up to 20 µW/cm2 and doesn’t use a heat sink, making it lighter and much more comfortable.”NCSU integrated the technology into a t-shirt, which provide 16 µW/cm2 when the wearer is active. That could open the door to health tracking inside smart clothes, powered directly from a user’s activity.But really, is being hot enough?The power generation, while significant compared to past results, is still not enough for most devices. Some low-power sensors might be able to get by with the juice from a human body, but for wearables that track a multitude of things, there isn’t enough energy conversation available in the current design.The researchers believe the new technology can generate more electricity, if the size of the material is enlarged. Currently, the material is 1cm2, but a smart clothes manufacturer could potentially fit larger amounts of the material onto a t-shirt or jacket; the manufacturer might also make the material thicker to capture more heat.We are still far off a Matrix world where a human body can power a machine empire, but NCSU is taking the first steps to what could be a charge free world. Tags:#Internet of Things#IoT#NCSU#smart clothing#wearable David Curry Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfacescenter_img Follow the Puck Small Business Cybersecurity Threats and How to… Internet of Things Makes it Easier to Steal You…last_img read more


Who is Baijayant Panda?

first_imgBaijayant Panda or Jay Panda, Biju Janata Dal (BJD) MP from Kendrapara, has been openly critical of his party of late, making his stand clear through newspaper articles, tweets and statements. Faced with the spectacular success of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the panchayat elections in February and it emerging as the main Opposition to the BJD, Mr. Panda called for “introspection” in the party. Seen as an act of defiance, he was removed as spokesperson of the BJD Parliamentary Party in May. The BJD did win 474 of the 853 zilla parishad seats, but the rise in the BJP’s tally — from 36 to 297 — since the 2012 elections raised concerns in BJD circles. The BJP has been striving hard to emerge as the BJD’s alternative after it secured the second position in the panchayat polls overtaking the Congress. What has made things worse for Mr. Panda is a perception that he is acting at the behest of the BJP.What are his roots?Son of Odia industrialist Bansidhar Panda, who founded the IMFA, India’s largest, fully integrated producer of ferro alloys, Mr. Panda graduated from the Michigan Technological University and, with a background in engineering and management, worked in the corporate sector before joining politics.Although Mr. Panda’s father has stayed away from politics all these decades, his mother, the late Ila Panda, was a Rajya Sabha Member from 1992 to 1998. She represented the erstwhile Janata Dal, which Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s father and former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik led in Odisha those days.Why did he join politics?Mr. Panda joined active politics when the BJD was formed by Mr. Naveen Patnaik in December 1997, a few months after the demise of Biju Patnaik. He has had a long stint in Delhi and is well networked — he was Rajya Sabha member from 2000 to 2006 and was re-elected to the Upper House in 2006. But he chose to cut short his second term in the Rajya Sabha in 2009 and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Kendrapara, considered a stronghold of Biju Patnaik as well as an anti-Congress bastion. He was elected to the Lok Sabha again in 2014 when Narendra Modi became Prime Minister. Apart from having a business empire, Mr. Panda’s family owns prominent Odia news television channel Odisha TV (OTV), adding to his strength as a politician. By writing articles in national newspapers and making use of social media, Mr. Panda was the BJD’s face in New Delhi.What are his ambitions?Mr. Panda and Mr. Patnaik shared a warm friendship for years, but the relationship appeared to have soured after the 2014 Lok Sabha elections, when the Kendrapara MP grew close to the BJP top brass. Mr. Panda wanted to be made leader of the BJD Parliamentary Party in the Lok Sabha, but had to be content with the position of spokesperson along with party MP from Balangir Kalikesh Narayan Singh Deo. Mr. Panda’s national profile, coupled with his appreciation of Mr. Modi’s policies in several of his articles, made Mr. Patnaik suspicious of him. He began to see Mr. Panda as a political threat. Mr. Panda’s criticism of the BJD’s functioning became louder after the panchayat elections, forcing Mr. Patnaik to remove him as the party’s spokesperson. The State government’s subsequent action against Mr. Panda’s family-run mining operations also indicated that their relationship was on the brink.What are his options?According to party sources, if Mr. Panda continues to remain in the BJD, Mr. Patnaik may deny him ticket to contest the 2019 Assembly elections. In that case, Mr. Panda will have no difficulty in getting BJP ticket for his own political survival.Although Mr. Panda has not openly challenged Mr. Patnaik so far, after eggs were hurled at him in his own constituency by BJD activists for his critical stand against the party, he alleged that intra-party conflict and goondaism had surfaced in the past three years, with bureaucrats sitting in air-conditioned rooms in the capital Bhubaneswar managing party affairs. He alleged that many key positions were no longer held by people who struggled for the party, “who might have given a honest feedback, but rather by opportunists from various fields, including some who had worked against the party.” With the BJP trying to grow in Odisha by highlighting ‘Brand Modi,’ the ‘dissident’ in Mr. Panda is likely to create trouble for Mr. Patnaik in the months to come. Will Mr. Panda survive in the BJD that long?last_img read more


Rumors continue to swirl around PM Modi as NDA nears its first 100 days in power

first_imgIt’s not often that the grapevine is taken so seriously. As the NDA government nears its first 100 days in power, the rumour mills have been churning and Prime Minister Narendra Modi occupies centre stage in most of the tales.While Modi wants to showcase efficiency of his governance, the corridors of power are abuzz with gossip, speculation and theories – the common factor in all of them being that ‘Big Brother’ is watching. Whatever be the story, the sentiment is that the powerful Prime Minister wants to be in full control without any exception.Many of the rumours seem to have their origins in Modi’s drive to get things done quickly and to push others to act. At an event in Delhi on Friday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said a Gujarat minister had told him this about Modi: “Khud nahin sota hai, aur nahin sone deta hai (He doesn’t sleep and he doesn’t let others sleep).”From unexpected calls to ministers having a meal with a top industrialist, to keeping an eye on who ministers are speaking to on the phone, and keeping senior bureaucrats on a leash, the tales have provided much fodder for the rumour mills. In many instances, the tales have been causing sleepless nights to those who are being discussed.Registers in ministries are reportedly being checked by the PMO to see who the frequent visitors are, and some rumours say corridors in ministries might soon have CCTVs installed to keep a hawk eye on activities. “Some of the stories doing the rounds about the Prime Minister watching over people present him as a tough schoolmaster,” a senior bureaucrat said.advertisementRecently, the rumour mills went into overdrive with a story about Home Minister Rajnath Singh. There was talk that his son Pankaj was pulled up by Modi for purported misdemeanours. It was perhaps the first time that the PMO reacted to rumours about a minister. But with so many rumours doing the rounds involving several ministers, the PMO may have to issue more such clarifications.While Modi is said to have made calls to ministers for not being clad in appropriate attire while in public or to stop them for talking to corporate big wigs, even bureaucrats are said to be under his lens. In his early days in power, officers with a love for golf – considered a step in the direction of good networking within the bureaucracy – reportedly came under scrutiny.Many bureaucrats, including senior secretaries, are said to have stopped visiting elite golf clubs due to fear of unwanted calls since the PM does not share the penchant for the sport like some of his babus. It began with talk that the PMO was preparing a list of officers who are regulars on the greens, sending shivers down the spines of many who boasted of their golf skills.After the Rajnath Singh saga unfolded, there was more speculation about his status in the government and his stake to being the second-in-command. There was always a buzz that Singh’s wings have been clipped. And with recent developments wherein the PMO overruled his recommendations in issues like appointments to key posts, some are even saying there is some truth to the rumours. Now the rumour mills even have it that Singh might be completely sidelined and not even get a key role at his home turf in Uttar Pradesh.The latest rumour regarding Modi keeping a close watch on the government machinery is that the PMO is compiling a list of all phone numbers, starting from peons and moving up to secretaries. It is being said in jest that some officers are using the mobile phones of their staff and drivers. After all, none of them want an unexpected caller.Ban on phone callsA minister’s proximity to a big corporate house seems to have not gone down well with the PM. The buzz has it that the minister’s frequent phone calls to the corporate bigwig led to an intervention from the PMO. The minister was asked not to interact with the businessman since he was looking for a big government contract. The PM is also said to have expressed his displeasure to the minister for planning a trip abroad to attend his son’s graduation ceremony.Unfinished mealIt’s tough for ministers to fathom that their meal with a top industrialist would be under the watch of the Prime Minister. If the grapevine is to be believed, that’s what happened when two ministers in the NDA government were recently having a meal at the posh Imperial Hotel in the capital. A phone rang and it wasn’t a call that could be ignored since they were in the middle of an important meeting. The call was said to be from the Prime Minister, inquiring if the meal was over. Incidentally, the industrialist is supposedly close to Modi. The ministers rushed out of the hotel.advertisementDressing downThe Prime Minister is not just keeping an eye on who meets who. It’s also the attire of his ministers. A minister who has also been a BJP spokesperson got a call from Modi when he was on his way to the airport, reminding him about the need to dress properly. It is being said that the minister, who was on his way to the airport to catch a flight for a foreign trip, was dressed in jeans. The minister did a U-turn and returned home to change into kurta and pyjama. The message seems to be that jeans is not an appropriate attire for a minister.Women ministers at warAnother one from the rumour mills is that the Prime Minister is unhappy about the behaviour of two women members of his Cabinet. It’s been said that the two women ministers do not have the most cordial relationship and this is apparent even when they come face to face in public. One of them has found an easy way out – she did not attend a function where the two of them were to be present in order to avoid any public display of their animosity. The two are also said have had a bitter war of words on Twitter in the past, something that the PM completely disapproves of.Minister pulled up in Cabinet meetingA woman minister was reportedly pulled up by the Prime Minister himself during a recent cabinet meeting and reminded that she needs to be well prepared and to follow protocol while putting up her ministry’s proposals to the cabinet. The grapevine has it that the minister took a halfbaked draft bill to the meeting without properly consulting her officials. Modi is said to have advised her to follow procedures and be better prepared before putting up such important matters for the Cabinet’s consideration.last_img read more



10 months ago​Tottenham plan Howe contigency if Pochettino joins Man Utd

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say ​Tottenham plan Howe contigency if Pochettino joins Man Utdby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveTottenham will look at Eddie Howe if Mauricio Pochettino leaves the club this summer.With Pochettino linked to jobs at Manchester United and Real Madrid, there is a possibility he will leave Spurs.And according to the Daily Mail, Bournemouth boss Howe is the man chairman Daniel Levy would target to replace the Argentine.It would cost a club £40 million to buy out Pochettino’s contract at Spurs, as he signed a new deal this past summer.English papers have suggested he is open to a move to United, as he knows it is an opportunity that may be too good to turn down. last_img read more


Dabo Swinney Yelled At Refs In The Tunnel After First Half Clock Controversy

first_imgDabo Swinney celebrates and talks to an ESPN reporter.dabo swinney hype video clemsonClemson ended the first half with a 44-yard field goal attempt that was blocked by Alabama and fell short. The Tigers were forced to burn their final timeout and lost an additional play after referees somehow allowed several seconds to tick off the clock after a first-down completion.The refs are taking heat for this on social media, and Clemson head coach Dabo Swinney made sure to let them know they messed up on his way into the locker room. In hallway on way to locker room, Dabo Swinney screamed repeatedly at officials “you made us use a time out” on late first half scenario— Brett McMurphy (@McMurphyESPN) January 12, 2016Our only hope? That clock snafu and the points it might have cost Clemson doesn’t end up costing the Tigers the game in the long run.last_img read more


US slaps 5 bn fine curbs on Facebook

first_imgWashington DC: US regulators on Wednesday slapped a record 5 billion fine on Facebook for privacy violations in a settlement requiring the world’s biggest social network to “submit to new restrictions and a modified corporate structure.” The Federal Trade Commission said the penalty was the largest ever imposed on any company for violating consumers’ privacy and one of the largest penalties ever assessed by the US government for any violation. “Despite repeated promises to its billions of users worldwide that they could control how their personal information is shared, Facebook undermined consumers’ choices,” FTC Chairman Joe Simons said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal”The magnitude of the 5 billion penalty and sweeping conduct relief are unprecedented in the history of the FTC. The relief is designed not only to punish future violations but, more importantly, to change Facebook’s entire privacy culture to decrease the likelihood of continued violations.” The agreement establishes an independent privacy committee within Facebook’s board of directors, “removing unfettered control by Facebook’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg over decisions affecting user privacy,” the FTC statement said. Two commissioners of the five-member FTC dissented in the settlement, saying the penalty was insufficient.last_img read more


ASPCA And Animal Planet Host Premiere Screening Of Second Chance Dogs

first_imgTamron Hall, Andy Karl and Orfeh were just a few of the many attendees at last week’s special premiere screening of the ASPCA and Animal Planet documentary “Second Chance Dogs”.Tamron Hall and Matt BershadkerCredit/Copyright: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesThe screening was held in celebration of the ASPCA’s 150th Anniversary. The documentary takes viewers behind the scenes of its Behavioral Rehabilitation Center where dogs rescued from cruel situations begin a remarkable journey from rescue to rehabilitation and ultimately, adoption.The screening was followed by a panel moderated by Tamron Hall that featured Kristen Collins, Senior Director of ASPCA Anti-Cruelty Behavior Rehabilitation; Erin Wanner, Vice President of Animal Planet Production; ASPCA President and CEO Matt Bershadker; and filmmaker Kenn Bell.Orfeh and Andy KarlCredit/Copyright: Neilson Barnard/Getty ImagesAdditional attendees included Eric West, Dan Churchill, Tashiana Washington, Megan Massacre, Eniko Mihalik, ASPCA President & CEO, Matt Bershadker and Meredith O’Connor.last_img read more