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Purpose

United States International University-Africa (USIU-Africa) in partnership with the Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) and Intel are champion development and harnessing of HPC and its benefits in the African continent.

Under the umbrella of the High Performance Computing Consortium-Africa (HPC2-Africa) the partners will provide a platform through which key stakeholders such as universities, technology companies, industry, government, research bodies and development partners will help establish a network of HPCs across Africa.

Vision

HPCs transforming Africa

Mission

To establish a 5-node HPC network in Africa and provide cutting-edge computing technologies for research, innovation, growth and jobs.

Background

High Performance Computing (HPC) is the practice of aggregating computing power to achieve much higher performance in comparison to performance that could be delivered from a single computing device. High Performance Computing makes possible the harnessing of data, advancing of research and drawing of insights.

Africa has deployed insignificant capability for high performance computing that is essential for the digital revolution. For Africa to contribute to research and innovation and to find home grown solutions to its socio-economic challenges, it is important that measures are taken to provide Africa with access to cutting-edge computing technologies essential for research, innovation, growth and jobs. Africa must invest in high performance computing platforms because modern scientific discovery involves very high computing power and the capability to deal with massive volumes of data.


Benefits of HPCs for Africa

HPCs promise a transformational framework for the development of Africa. Some potential benefits of HPCs for Africa include:

Food security: Climate research and weather prediction are critical if Africa is to weather the ravages of climate change. Predicting weather accurately will enable countries to make better long term food security policies, environmental policies and interventions and even security policies.

Health and life sciences: Gene sequencing, molecular research and bio-physical simulations can all support development of effective medicine and vaccines for diseases like Malaria and HIV in Africa currently ravaging Africa. HPCs can help researchers explore Africa’s abundance of natural remedies. Epidemic modeling can predict disease spread so that governments and healthcare providers can make appropriate interventions.

Oil, gas and mineral exploration: Africa has an abundance of natural resources and access to HPC platforms can speed up seismic analysis which can bolster exploration and exploitation.

Grow of industry and SMEs: Industry and SMEs are increasingly dependent on the power of supercomputers to discover innovative solutions, cut costs and reduce time to market products and services. Sectors such as retail, manufacturing and financial services will benefit from HPCs power in data analysis for insights and innovation.

Economic research: Economic modeling using big and open data would lead to insights and contribute to evidence-based policy making.

Increase research collaboration between Africa and other parts of the world: Having local capacity for large data processing means African scientists can better contribute to the global research agenda, provide tools for wider collaboration with research colleagues globally.

Next Steps

Are you a Researcher, Technology Company, University, Development Institution, Corporate Organization or Government Function and are keen to transform Africa through High Performance Computing? Contact us on the address below for more information on your opportunities in spearheading the transformation of Africa.
Register Now for the HPC Forum on 1 - 4 December 2017