As one of South Africa’s leading universities, with a network of international partners, UWC has several instances of data-intensive research, including the following:
The UWC Meerkat Cluster managed by the eResearch Office supports data-intensive research for UWC faculty, research staff, postdocs and postgraduate students. Meerkat consists of about 1000 cores and 5 TB of RAM and relies on the Slurm Workload Manager to assign resources to different users in a dynamic fashion, thus enabling their optimal use.
Ilifu (the isiXhosa word for cloud) was created in 2018 when a consortium of universities and research organisations in South Africa established a data-intensive research cloud, the ilifu facility, and invited researchers in astronomy and bioinformatics to start using the infrastructure. Now, ilifu is a regional node in the national infrastructure that brings together six partner institutions to create a hub for data intensive research in astronomy and bioinformatics.
IDIA (the Inter-university Institute for Data-Intensive Astronomy) aims to build capacity and expertise in data-intensive research within the South African astronomy research community and to support local researchers making the most of the MeerKAT radio telescope and eventually the Square Kilometre Array (SKA). It is a partnership of three South African universities, (UWC, the University of Cape Town, and the University of Pretoria).
SANBI (the South African National Bioinformatics Institute) is situated at UWC, and is a leading bioinformatics entity in Africa. It fosters local and regional collaborations on health-related topics that cover both communicable and non-communicable diseases.