Computational research provides the most advanced computing technology to accelerate discovery for national competitiveness, global security and economic success, as well as develop a diverse and well-prepared 21st century work force. Computational science and engineering provides the potential for addressing many problems facing countries on the African continent. High Performance Computing (HPC) in Africa is in its embryonic stage, and growth requires significant increased investment in infrastructure, accompanied by increased scope and innovation in the basic STEM disciplines. The Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing for Resource Constrained Environments (SIGHPC-RCE) provides a forum for industry, academics, and government entities to build partnership, collaboration, and outreach initiatives towards addressing these challenges.
Scarce computational resources, in particular basic infrastructure for computational research and core competencies, must be shared with well-defined mutually beneficial purposes, through active outreach initiatives.
We laid the foundations with a well-attended ad-hoc SC14 BoF session, titled: “Developing HPC in Resource Constrained Environments”, identified the need for the formation of a formal organization dedicated to addressing these challenges. The result is a new ACM Special Interest Group on High Performance Computing chapter, named SIGHPC-RCE.
Active participation in this initiative is welcomed from academia and research scientists from the aforementioned environments, HPC vendors interested in providing product and service solutions for the emerging market of HPC infrastructure in Africa, and anyone else interested in the success of these efforts.
We seek to develop pragmatic paradigms that will create synergistic collaboration among members (academia, research scientist and HPC administrators) of the chapter, vendors and leaders of HPC outreach initiatives in Africa like STEM-Trek and Center for High Performance Computing South Africa (CHPC) to allow the cross-pollination of ideas and innovation from a multinational community.
SIGHPC-RCE will inspire and solicit
SIGHPC-RCE members will become HPC ambassadors who explain why STEM education is important, that women must be provided equal access to opportunities and how HPC will transform the African experience.
Additionally, SIGHPC-RCE will inspire the development of tools that will help researchers from under-served regions accelerate the process of scientific discovery.
While the group’s roots are in Nigeria, SIGHPC-RCE intends to advocate on behalf of resource- constrained and underrepresented entities everywhere!
Join now! Membership is free and so much to benefit!!