At Dell, we pride ourselves in our support of the high performance computing (HPC) industry. As an example, the last few years, we have been avid supporters of the Student Cluster Competitions at the SC Conference events. The theme of supporting students has extended well beyond the SC events, and recently we had the pleasure of a special visit to the Global Engineering Lab by the winners of the South African HPC student challenge.

South African Team during their visit to Austin, during the week of Jan. 28, 2013. *

As a sponsor of the HPC and Data Applications for Increased Impact on Research program held in December 2012 in Durban South Africa, Dell agreed to provide an award for the winners of the student challenge. As part of the reward for winning, the team was flown to Austin to spend a week with Dell. Eight students and CSIR Representative David Neil Macleod spent the week of Jan. 28th in Austin. During their visit, the student team was hosted in the Dell Global Solutions Engineering (GSE) lab to get a better understanding of how Dell creates and engineers solutions. Here, they interacted with engineers not only on our HPC Solutions team but also with Converged Infrastructure Solutions, Database and Business Intelligence Solutions, Custom Solutions, Solutions Performance Analysis teams as well. Part of their trip also included a visit to Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC). TACC recently published a great write up about the visit in its newsletter that you can read here.

South African Team during their visit to Austin, during the week of Jan. 28, 2013. *

Finally, this winning team will represent South Africa at the Student Cluster Competition in Germany at the annual International Supercomputing Conference (ISC) in June 2013. The students were also able to receive feedback from the Dell HPC Engineering Team about some of their design ideas for the ISC competition.

In the end, we were honored and thrilled to host these great students at Dell, in the spirit of helping inspire and develop the next generation HPC professionals. We are also honored to be a part of Dr. Happy Sithole’s (Director of CSIR – CHPC) great vision of making South Africa the center of gravity for HPC in the African continent and we will continue to support this vision.

Congratulations - and best of luck to the team at ISC this June!

* Names of the students:
Eugene Botma
Nobantu  Evelyn Maria Khoboka
Abednigo Setabele Masilo
Katlego Kgobalala Moukangwe
Muhammad Atif
Kerren Mark Ortlepp
Jan-Willem Walter Steeb
Ryan David Strange
CSIR Representative: David Neil Macleod
Partner Representative (Eclipse Holdings): Hellen Nyatsambo
Dell SA Rep who accompanied the team: Vernon Nicholls