How South Africa CHPC Responded to Unprecedented Computing Needs To Address the COVID-19 Pandemic

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The South Africa Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC) has joined the ranks of HPC centers who are converging their supercomputing and cloud infrastructures. The 1.3 petaFLOPS Lengau supercomputer has been the fastest machine on the continent. Adding its OpenStack Production Cloud in early 2020 allowed users to begin taking advantage of orchestrated general purpose computing and storage resources. But, when South Africa went into lockdown on March 26, 2020, due to COVID-19, the country’s computing needs vastly outgrew the resources provided by Lengau and the OpenStack Production Cloud.Supercomputing at CHPCAs a key center for large-scale computing in Africa, South Africa CHPC supports both academic and industry research, and most recently was part of the effort to identify the South Africa variant of...