Faith Gachobe @PeopleDailyKe
United States International University (USIU) –Africa has hosted more than 200 participants for the High Performance Computing (HPC) meeting on research and innovation in Nairobi.
HPC is the concentration of computing resources to achieve higher rates of output in a fast, consistent and reliable manner. HPCs work on computational problems that are either too large for standard computers or would otherwise take too long to solve.
For instance, HPCs enable the prediction of weather to high degree of accuracy, aiding in the making of more informed long-term food security policies, environmental policies and interventions as well as security policies.
Data processed by HPCs can help develop drought-resistant crop breeds and help better understand climate change, creating opportunities to increase food production without compromising limited water resources.
The forum was organised by USIU–Africa, Intel, Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship Programme and United Nation Environmental Programme (Unep). USIU-Africa Chancellor, Dr Manu Chandaria said: “HPCs, when employed in Africa through the partnership of governments, private and public entities will see us use big data for research and innovation that will reduce disease epidemics, food crisis, growth in industries and in overall improve the continent’s GDP.”
According to ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru, the government is committed to a digital economy that will help improve food security, health and increase jobs.
“This can be done once the capabilities of HPC to all stakeholders is demystified. President Uhuru Kenyatta says Kenya should not allow the vagaries of weather to hold us hostage.
The demand for food is expected to double by 2050 placing tremendous pressure on current agricultural practices and water security,” the CS added. Participants included distinguished professors, government officials and industry leaders.