From SC Online we learn that South Africa has just brought a 160 node, 2.5 TFLOPS system online in Cape Town.
South African researchers now have the advantage of using massive computing power in their quest for new knowledge and application. The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) is the first of its kind in South Africa. Initiated by the Department of Science and Technology (DST), hosted by the University of Cape Town (UCT) and managed by the Meraka Institute of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), the CHPC is making scientific ‘supercomputing’ a reality for South Africa.
…”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,” said Johan Eksteen, Technology Research Manager at the Meraka Institute.
This is a wonderful development (although I don’t think it will have enough juice to change this picture).