Scientific Computing has posted an excellent profile of Happy Sithole, Director of the Center for High Performance Computing in South Africa. When I worked back at Sun, CHPC was one of our showcase HPC customers with the first Top 500 system listing for Africa.
Built upon a great vision and entirely from scratch, the CHPC has become a prestige center in South Africa providing large scale compute resources to hundreds of researchers, institutes and industrial partners. One of the major influences on Happy’s objectives is his participation at a global level in key industry events, such as the upcoming SC11 conference in Seattle. Through Happy’s deep participation in key technical forums, like the SC conferences, CHPC has become a critical a connection, linking with the global research community as much as SC is in supporting Happy’s own plans around large scale HPC, networking infrastructures and data storage.