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Previous flagship projects

The CHPC selects Flagship Projects that meet the following criteria:

The flagship project should aim to resolve a major scientific/socio-economic challenge in South Africa. Its fundamental drive should therefore address in part a well-identified major scientific/technological problem in a specific field or a noteworthy political and/or socio-economic South African or African problem.

The project must take immediate advantage of the CHPC computational resource (with no more than two months of porting) and performance of the calculations/simulations must be done in a parallel fashion. The project must furthermore demonstrate its ability in driving innovative tools that lead to grand scientific impact and benefit a wide range of researchers within the eResearch context.

The results of the project are expected to be of general scientific interest and ought to be captivating enough to attract the attention of major high-profile scientific journals. It will receive 24 months of CHPC support after completion of the research.

Flagship project results must show potential to form part of a visualisation team that will develop a CHPC-supported high school science outreach programme to market the project and CHPC to the public.

The project must play a significant role in promoting the relevant scientific discipline. The CHPC values meaningful partnerships and therefore strongly encourages a multi-disciplinary and/or multi-investigative team. A consortium of researchers based in South Africa will enjoy preference.

The flagship project should contribute to human capital development in general, not only through the mentoring of students and post-doctoral fellows on the research team, but also through the hosting of specialised workshops for relevant Special Interest Groups (SIGs).

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The CHPC was privileged to award the following researchers with prestigious Flagship Project grants for the period April 2007 to March 2009:

  • Prof B. Hewitson (UCT) and Prof F. Shillington (UCT) - Regional Coupled Ocean-Atmosphere Modelling / Environmental and Geographical Science.
  • Prof P. Ngoepe (UL) - Large-scale simulations of energy storage materials.
  • Prof Marius Potgieter (NWU) - Computational Space Physics and Astrophysics.

The CHPC also supported other Flagship Projects (for the period April 2008 to March 2010) and collaborates with these niche research groups to address grand challenges in specific scientific domains:

A South African High Performance Multi-physics Computational Fluid Dynamics Solver - Dr A. Malan, CSIR

  • Electromagnetic Computer Simulation for the MeerKAT and SKA - Dr D. Davidson, University of Stellenbosch (US)
  • Modelling HIV-1 evolution - Dr C. Seoighe, National Bio-informatics Network and UCT
  • Modern South African Astronomy and Cosmology: Confronting the Simulated and the Observed Universe - Dr K. Moodley (UKZN); Dr C. Cress, University of the Western Cape (UWC); Prof B. Bassets, UCT and the National Astrophysics and Space Science Programme (NASSP)
  • Monte Carlo simulations of technological tools for quantum information processing and communication - Prof F. Petruccione, University of KwaZulu Natal (UKZN)
  • Nuclear Collisions and Data Grid for the Physics Community - Prof J. Cleymans and Dr A. Muronga (UCT) and Dr Z. Vilakazi, iThemba Laboratory for Accelerator-Based Sciences (L.A.B.S.)


Computational mechanics and electro-elasticity towards improved understanding of the Biomechanics of Myocardial Infarction and the development novel therapies, University of Cape Town (July 2010 - June 2013)

  The aim of this collaborative research project between the University of Cape Town and the CHPC is the development and utilisation of high performance computing (HPC) tools to study the biomechanics of myocardial infarction (MI) and emerging MI therapies based on bio-material injection into the infarct. The biomechanical mechanisms of MI and the efficacy of these new therapies are not well understood. The presented problem is highly complex, including the representation of the architecture of cardiac soft tissue with dispersed biomaterial at micro if not nano scale, the highly nonlinear elastic myocardial mechanics, and the electro-sensitivity of the myocardial muscle. Comprehensive treatment exceeds conventional computing resources in terms of problem size and complexity of the developed codes to capture the physical phenomena with sufficient accuracy. HPC will form an imperative platform for this research towards the advancement of MI therapies and prevention of heart failure.


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