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Intel Corporation’s East Africa Office has donated a High Performance Computing (HPC) device worth over KES 5 million, to the School of Science and Technology for use by students in their research projects.

High Performance Computing (HPC) is the practice of aggregating computing power to achieve much higher performance in comparison to performance that could be delivered from a single computing device. High Performance Computing makes possible the harnessing of data, advancing of research and drawing of insights.

The device was presented to the Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza on Friday, July 24 by the Director of the Corporate Affairs Group at Intel East Africa Mr. Mark Matunga, to aid in the processing of large amounts of data, collected as part of student research projects.

While presented the device, Mr. Matunga reiterated Intel’s commitment to the partnership with USIU-Africa that will extend to the hosting of a HPC Conference on campus from 3-5 Octoer 2017.

The Conference to be themed “The Role of HPCs in Accelerating Research and Innovation in Africa” will invite participation from all over the world, and is expected to lead to the creation of a five-node HPC network across Africa.

Speaking during the event, Prof. Zeleza hailed the budding partnership between the University and Intel Corporation, pointing at the myriad opportunities that have now available for students of the Information Systems and Technology, and Applied Computer Technology programs.

Under the aegis of the High Performance Computing Consortium-Africa (HPC2-Africa), USIU-Africa has partnered with the Carnegie Africa Diaspora Fellowship Program (CADFP) and Intel Corporation to champion the development and harnessing of HPC and its benefits in the African continent.

The consortium will provide a platform through which key stakeholders such as universities, technology companies, industry, government, research bodies and development partners will help establish the African HPC network.

Students interested in utilizing the device to be housed in the Innovation and Incubation Center, may contact the School of Science and Technology on email (sst@usiu.ac.ke). Registration for the HPC Conference is expected to be open before the end of July 2017.

Featured Image: Vice Chancellor Prof. Paul Zeleza (Center) receives a high performance computing central processing unit from the High Performance Computing Group at Intel Corporation’s East Africa Office on Friday, July 21, in his office. The device was presented by Mr. Mark Matunga (Corporate Affairs Director, Intel East Africa) for use by students from the School of Science ad Technology to crunch data. Looking on from left: Mr. Mike Mwangi, Ms. Lavinniah Muthoni (Communications Consultant, Intel EA), Ms. Everlyn Musa (Program Coordinator, Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Program) Mr. Mark Matunga, Prof. Paul Zeleza, Mr. Benson Kinoti (Education Programs Manager, Intel EA), Dr. Paul Okanda (ICT Director), Dr. Jimmy Macharia (Dean of the School of Science & Technology) and Mr. James Ogolla (University Advancement Director).

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