With financial help from the Chinese government, Zimbabwe this week launched the Zimbabwe High Performance Computing Center (HPCC). Described as a major step forward for technological and economic development in the region, the new center be a “world-class hub” for high performance computing that will support high-end research in multiple disciplines.
The HPCC will be used for molecular modeling, climate change research, weather forecasting, quantum mechanics, gas exploration, computing structures and properties of chemical compounds and biological micro molecules, polymers and crystals.
The HPCC is responsible for all sectors of the economy. The HPCC center was not established for my Ministry alone but is for the benefit of all stakeholders and is another achievement for Zimbabwe and should receive due recognition as it will revolutionize and leap frog our national development agenda,” said Oppah Muchinguri, Minister of Higher and Tertiary Science and Technology Development.
According to All Africa, the HPC centre is one of many projects resulting from the signing of nine major bilateral deals between Zimbabwe and China.
China offered Zimbabwe US$5,4 million for the HPC centre project. China is also supporting Zimbabwe in the expansion of the Kariba South Hydro power station which will add another 300 megawatts on the country’s grid, the expansion of the Victoria Falls Airport, the construction of the Agricultural Technology Demonstration Centre including a string of other development projects.
As one of Africa’s largest trading partners, China has emerged as Zimbabwe’s closest international allies after Western countries imposed sanctions on President Mugabe a decade ago.