The fastest computer on the African continent has been launched at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Cape Town. The petaflops machine named Lengau (a Setswana name for Cheetah) was unveiled by the CSIR’s Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC).
It is a super computer with processing speed capable of a thousand-trillion floating point operations (flops) per second”. Flops are used in computing to calculate extremely long numbers. The computer will be used by stakeholders for extensive research in bioinformatics or life sciences‚ climate modelling‚ material sciences‚ astronomy and industrial solutions‚ among others. It is able to crunch down large amounts of data into useful and valuable information.
Standing in for Minister of Science and Technology Naledi Pandor‚ Dr Thomas Auf Heyde‚ who is Deputy Director-General for Research Development and Support at the department‚ unveiled the computer‚ saying it marked a pivotal moment of innovation for South Africa.
Jim Ganthier‚ Vice President of Dell and General Manager for Dell’s Engineered Solutions and Cloud business‚ also commented on what this innovation means for the country.