National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure System (NICIS)
The National Integrated Cyber Infrastructure System (NICIS) promotes scientific and industrial development through the provision of high-performance computing capability, high-speed network capacity and a national research data infrastructure integrated hierarchically into globally connected systems and into local system systems, providing seamless access for the research and education communities of South Africa. It is a national initiative of the Department of Science and Innovation and implemented by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR).
The Centre for High Performance Computing (CHPC) is one of the three pillars of the NICIS. It provides massive parallel processing capabilities and services to researchers in industry and academia. The other main pillars are the South African National Research Network (SANReN), which provides high-speed connectivity and advanced networking services, as well as the Data Intensive Research Initiative of South Africa (DIRISA), which implements services that enable sound data management practices and support efficient data-driven scientific and engineering discoveries.
The realisation of a vibrant and competitive knowledge based economy impacting socioeconomic development by enabling education, research, and innovation through shared access to advanced cyberinfrastructure facilities and services.
To provide a world class national integrated cyberinfrastructure system that enables research, innovation and learning comprising a national high performance computing facility, a national research and education network and a national data intensive research infrastructure accessible across the research and higher education sector through integrated eResearch services and the development of relevant human capital.
NICIS Key Strategic Objectives
- Sustain a world class and relevant national integrated cyberinfrastructure system for Science and Technology
- Enable and promote eScience in South Africa
- Position South Africa to take part in, host and lead large-scale global research and science projects (e.g. SKA and CERN experiments)
- Provide thought leadership to South Africa’s evolving cyberinfrastructure strategy and activities, and facilitate the uptake of advanced cyberinfrastructure
- Foster the development of human capacity in cyberinfrastructure and its application, and contribute to the transformation of this sector