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


Congress ‘thanks’ former Goa CM for exposing mining scam

first_imgThe Congress in Goa on Monday thanked former Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar for his “boldness” in exposing his own party’s Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, in connection with a complaint before the Lokayukta on illegalities in second renewal of 88 leases in the mining industry. Speaking to the press here, A. Chellakumar, AICC general secretary in-charge of Goa further said that an affidavit filed by Mr. Parsekar before the Goa Lokayukta, which is probing an illegal mining scam, also exposes the lies peddled by the BJP when it was in opposition and had blamed Congress leaders of committing a ₹35,000 crore illegal mining scam.“Mr. Parrikar sitting in opposition had gone on a padayatra and undertook many agitations. He had told so many lies. He went to any extent to brand Congress as corrupt,” Mr. Chellakumar said and added that Mr. Parsekar’s affidavit now exposes those behind the mining scam.Mr. Parsekar had succeeded Mr. Parrikar as CM, after the latter joined the Union Cabinet as Defence Minister in 2014. Mr. Parsekar was defeated in the 2017 Assembly elections, and Mr. Parrikar again took charge as Chief Minister after resigning as Defence Minister. In his affidavit filed before the Goa Lokayukta, Mr. Parsekar, who is made one of the respondents in illegal mining scam case by NGO Goa Foundation, has claimed that “certain individuals”, who were involved in the process for granting the renewals were “left out” by the complainant. He further said that he was being targeted selectively at the behest of vested interests as he was no more holding any position of power .Responding to this affidavit, the petitioner Claude Alvares, Director, Goa Foundation had declared on Saturday that Mr. Parrikar, who was also Chief Minister at the time the first six mining leases were granted for second renewals, will be made party to the case before the Lokayukta. He said that initially he had left out Mr. Parrikar as he was unwell. The Goa Foundation complaint before the Lokayukta has called it a ₹1.44 lakh crore second renewal scam.last_img read more


‘Putting in work, believing in yourself’ still keys to LeBron James’ success

first_imgTrump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters LeBron James is arguably the greatest basketball player of his generation with a resume of godlike proportions that include four MVPS, three NBA titles, and countless All-NBA nods.And it’s not just his 6-foot-8, 250-pound frame that has helped him achieve such sporting legacy, but also a belief in one’s self that no other force on earth could ever shatter.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Biggest Pogo service provider padlocked for tax evasion Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. GALLERY: LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim View comments Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelocenter_img “Sometimes you’ll feel that you’re not doing enough and if you get to that point just look at the mirror,” said James. “At the end of the day you’re the one who’ll control your destiny.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “For me, it’s all about believing in yourself, uncertainties will come to your mind but you cannot stop believing especially if you put in the work,” said James during his private session with the Gilas players and members of the media for his Strive for Greatness tour.“If you put in the work then I believe it takes care of itself.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingINQUIRER PHOTO/ Sherwin VardeleonJames have been the subject of heavy scrutiny since his decision to skip college and go straight to the NBA from St. Vincent St. Mary and his controversial move to Miami from Cleveland catapulted him to super villain territory.Still, James triumphed and won two titles and two MVP trophies with the Heat before he returned to Cleveland to steer the Cavaliers’ to the city’s first championship since the Browns ruled the NFL in 1964. Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES LeBron James trains Gilas Pilipinas8K viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 MOST READ Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’last_img read more


Stephen Curry breaks out of slump, helps Warriors extinguish Suns

first_imgSEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Stephen Curry shook off a poor shooting performance by scoring 10 of his 20 points in the fourth quarter and the Warriors finally broke open a tight game to beat the Suns 117-107 on Friday night.Klay Thompson scored 25 points for the Warriors. Kevin Durant added 21 points and DeMarcus Cousins 18.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption charges“They totally outplayed us all night,” Golden State coach Steve Kerr said. “The only reason we won is because we have a lot more talent, obviously.”Kelly Oubre Jr. scored 25 points and Deandre Ayton 23 for Phoenix, which was without scoring leader Devin Booker due to a tight right hamstring. Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry (30) celebrates his 3-pointer against the Phoenix Suns along with Warriors center DeMarcus Cousins (0) during the second half of an NBA basketball game Friday, Feb. 8, 2019, in Phoenix. The Warriors defeated the Suns 117-107. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)PHOENIX— Make it 18 wins in a row for the Golden State Warriors over the Phoenix Suns.The latest, though, was no cakewalk for the reigning NBA champions.ADVERTISEMENT Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Suns: Booker missed his 15th game of the season. … Phoenix also was without T.J. Warren (right ankle soreness) and De’Anthony Melton (right ankle sprain). … Ayton’s 818 points through 50 games are third-most in team history, behind Walter Davis (1,169) and Alvan Adams (935).UP NEXTWarriors: host Miami on Sunday night.Suns: at Sacramento on Sunday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Down 94-88, Golden State took control with a 13-0 run — capped by Curry’s 3-pointer that put the Warriors up 101-94 with 5:46 remaining. Richaun Holmes’ tip-in cut the lead to 101-98 with 4:58 left. But Curry responded with another 3 and Golden State pulled away from there.“I think we just started making shots,” Durant said. “They played extremely hard. ”Phoenix shot out to a 26-9 lead but the Warriors cut it to 31-26 after one quarter.Green’s driving layup capped a 13-3 Golden State run that put the Warriors up 60-51 before Oubre’s tip-in sliced the Warriors’ lead to 60-53 at the break.Phoenix opened the second half with an 11-4 spurt to tie it at 64, and it stayed tight the rest of the third quarter. Oubre made one free throw with 4.9 seconds left, missed the second and grabbed the rebound for a dunk that put the Suns up 85-82 entering the final quarter.“Sometimes in this league, it can be ugly for 44 minutes and the last four you kind of revitalize your team,” Thompson said, “and that’s what Steph and DeMarcus did, K.D., and any win you get in this league you have to be grateful for.”Suns coach Igor Kokoskov liked his team’s effort, but said the Warriors’ ability and experience came through in the end.“They were so precise in late switch, miscommunication, late shifts from the weak side, they made us pay,” he said. “It’s just a learning experience for young guys. And it’s a poised veteran team, a team with a high IQ. They knew how to close a game.”TIP-INSWarriors: Their 18-game win streak against Phoenix is the second-longest active streak against a single opponent behind only Oklahoma City’s 21-game run against Philadelphia. … Warriors have won 11 consecutive road wins. … Golden State drew three first-half technical: on Green, Cousins and Shaun Livingston. PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Wizards’ John Wall on injury: ‘God is telling me something’ View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town LATEST STORIES Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Mikal Bridges and Josh Jackson added 19 apiece for the Suns, who led 85-82 entering the final quarter.Golden State’s Draymond Green was ejected after drawing his second technical between the third and fourth quarters.The matchup of the teams at the top and bottom of the Western Conference standings was a lot closer than anticipated — and in large part because it took Curry a while to find his stroke.Through three quarters, Curry was 2-of-12 shooting, including 1 of 8 on 3-pointers. But in the fourth quarter, he was 4 of 5, including 2 of 3 from beyond the arc.“We can compete,” said Ayton, the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft. “We’re maturing even though we’re young. We can challenge any team. Don’t mind our record, there’s a lot of guys with a lot of great potential and we could actually make a dynasty team.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more