SA Unveils Africa’s Fastest Computer, You Should Be Proud Of Your Country


Fellow countrymen, South Africa is a great, powerful, vibrant and inspiring nation. That’s if you ignore the poverty, racism, crimes and corruptions.

Mzansi is a pacesetter, check out the records, you’ll find that the country is a pacemaker for most things positive about Africa, and the world at large. The nation built Africa’s fastest computer, a computer about 40,000 times faster than the normal i3 processor laptop.

BuzzSouthAfrica learnt that the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) in Cape Town has unveil Africa’s fastest computer.

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According to the South African Government official site, the petaflop (PFLOP) machine was designed to “process speeds of a thousand trillion floating point operations per second,” and will be used in computing to calculate extremely long numbers.

The PFLOP machine as one of the CHPC’s projects, was tasked to build a high-performance computing and advanced data technologies in the country so as to enhance the nation’s capacity to produce and disseminate knowledge.

Unveiling Africa’s fastest computer named “Lenyau” (a Setswana name for cheetah, the fastest animal in the wild), Dr Happy Sithole, the Director of the CHCP said: “when we started in 2007, we took inspiration from the fastest animals in the land and named our first high performance computing system IQudu, which boasted 2.5 teraflops – which is 2.5 million operations per second.

In 2009, there was increased demand of computational resources, and a new high performance computing system dubbed the Tsessebe was launched.

It boasted 24.9 teraflops and became number 311 on the TOP 500 super computers, and ranked number one in the African continent. The system was later upgraded to 64.44 teraflops.”

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Thereafter, Sithole simplified that Lenyau as Africa’s fastest computer, was built in collaboration with Dell South Africa. And, is about 40,000 times faster than the normal Dell i3 processor laptop.

Also commenting, Dr Thomas Auf der Heyde, the Deputy Director-General for Research Development and Support at the Department of Science and Technology, affirmed that Lenyau will improve South Africa’s competitiveness in the research and development space.

“The Centre for High Performance Computing represents a deliberate move by this country to invest in modernizing our research and development.

High performance computing and advanced data technologies are powerful tools in enhancing the competitiveness of regions and nations.

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,” Auf der Heyde remarked.

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