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Dr Happy Sithole

Boosting SA’s economy by supporting industry research and innovation

Dr Happy Sithole won the prestigious NSTF-South32 Management Award for spearheading the development of the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) and leading it to the level of a world-class entity. From assisting the South African Weather Services to make more accurate weather forecasts to making complex calculations required in oil reserve estimations a breeze, high performance computing (HPC) infrastructure remains one of South Africa’s best investments.

In fact, top companies such as PetroSA, Johnson Matthey, De Beers Marine and Sasol have found the technology to be of immense value in their businesses too. “South African industries in petrochemicals, mining and health use HPC to reduce the time it takes for them to make decisions. HPC also improves the quality of data available to them when it comes to decision making and product design, which is not possible without HPC,” says Dr Happy Sithole, director of the Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC). (Read more about her in the Mail & Guardian article. Mail & Guardian is an NSTF media partner.)

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