South Africa is currently home to the fastest supercomputer on the African continent. The computer was installed by the Center for High-Performance Computing (CHPC) of the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR). The machine is a petaflops (PFLOPs) machine.
This 40,000-core one petaflop Lengau system computer capable of speeds of up to thousand trillion floating points operations per second is meant to open new possibilities for research purposes and advance private-sector projects. The floating point operations (FLOPs) are the best in computing extremely long numbers. Lengau is cheetah in Setswana.
With over 40,000 cores, the CHPC says this machine is the fastest on the continent, beating the previous holder of that title the Tsessebe (antelope in Sestwana). Tsessebe peaked at 24.9 teraflops per second and was the fastest supercomputer in Africa and number 311 in the world’s top 500 supercomputers list.
“For our country to grow at the required rate, as set out in the National Development Plan, it needs to change gear by building capacity in the production and dissemination of knowledge,” said Dr. Thomas Auf der Heyde the deputy director-general for Research Development and Support …read more