MUT is well on the way to preparing for the 4th Industrial Revolution. On 2 August 2018 the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) had discussions with MUT staff and students on the importance of preparing for the era that is already upon us. CHPC Director, Dr Happy Sithole, invited MUT staff to take advantage of the CHPC’s resources, and students to take part in academic competitions run by the Centre. Dr Sithole, said that researchers nowadays need high performing technological support to make a quick impact. Prof Karabo Shale, who co-ordinated the meeting, said the High Performance Computing (HPC) will provide MUT with access to computational modelling phenomena that deal with big data in areas such as Health studies, Engineering, Chemistry, Mathematics, Management Sciences big data analysis. “This is, however not limited to these fields. HPC can also be used in semantics, materials, urban planning, genomics, economics, design as well as music among others,” said Prof Shale, who is a Research Professor in the Faculty of natural Sciences.
Some MUT researchers already using the CHPC facilities are Dr Njabulo Gumede, Dr Nkululeko Damoyi and Dr Matthew Lasich, all from the Chemistry department. Dr Damoyi’s research is in Computational Chemistry (CC). “Through the CHPC in Cape Town, we are able to use internet to connect to their cluster computers in order to run the calculations and from the results be able to model chemical reactions. Nineteen MUT BTech students that I have supervised in CC research projects have already graduated,” said Dr Damoyi.
Bryan Johnston, CHPC Senior Technologist, said they would train MUT IT&N staff on basic introduction to high performance computing (HPC), hands-on introduction to the HPC system administration. Bryan said they also discussed the roadmap for future expansion, which will include donation of an additional server to MUT by CHPC.