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June, 26, 2019

High Performance Computing System Administration Training - 4th to 8th March 2019

The training was organized for National Meteorological and Hydrological Services (NMHSs) system administrators and regional staff to build capacity on the usage and administration of the High Performance Computing (HPC) cluster installed at the centre and the modelling servers foreseen to be procured for NMHSs of SADC member states under the SARCIS-DR project. This activity is in line with the project implementation plan approved by the African Development Bank. The training was facilitated by CSC staff.

hpc trainingTraining Objectives
The objectives of the training were:
• to introduce National Meteorological and Hydrological Services to computer clusters and the concept of high performance computing, both the software and hardware aspects;
• to build capacity on the usage and administration of the HPC cluster installed at the CSC, and the server infrastructure being procured for member states
The required outcome of the training was for participants to:
• be able to develop and run parallel tasks on an HPC cluster;
• have the essential skills required to administer and maintain computer clusters and other Linux based early warning system infrastructure;

Date and Venue
The training was planned for a duration of 5 days, from 4th to 8th March 2019 at the CSC training room located in The Village, Gaborone, Botswana. The CSC has the early warning HPC system and training facilities required for the training.

Participation
Directors of National Meteorological and Hydrological Services were requested to nominate Information and Communication Technology (ICT) officers, with preference to be given to officers with prior experience in Linux and computer programming. The following nine (9) Member States managed to attend the training: Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Eswatini, Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Botswana, as the host country, nominate three officers to participate, hence the total number of participants from Member States was eleven (11).

Training Outcome

The training was a great success as indicated by the feedback from participants. The main concern from the participants is the duration of the training, with most feeling that one week is not sufficient to properly cover all the material. The objectives of the training were met, participants were equipped with the necessary skills to administer the HPC servers which are being procured for Member States. All participants were issued certificates of attendance at the end of the training. The Training Material is available for download.

 

Mid-Season Review and Update of the Twenty Second Southern African Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-22 UPDATE)

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC), through the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) held the Mid-Season Review and Update of the Twenty Second Southern African Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-22 Review and Update), in Maun, Botswana from 13 to 14 December 2018.

Documents from the Forum may be downloaded from the links below

Statement from the SARCOF-22 Review and Update Forum
Early Warning Bulletin Update of the 2018/19 Southern Africa Regional Rainfall Season

 

sarcof22 update1

 sarcof22 update2

 The SARCOF-22 Review and Update Forum was convened by SADC Secretariat through the SADC Climate Services Centre. The support was provided by the Government of the Republic of Botswana through its Meteorological Services Department (BDMS). The meeting was also sponsored by 11th European Development Fund (EDF) through the management of African Development Bank (AfDB) under the ClimDev Special Fund (CDSF).

The forum was preceded by a 3-day Climate Experts Capacity Building Workshop of SADC National Meteorological/Hydrological Services (NMHSs) for purposes of generating the 2018/19 seasonal climate forecast update, which wasl also organized in Maun, Botswana from 10 to 12 December 2018.

 - Initial Official Announcement

 

The Twenty First Annual Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum

The Twenty First Annual Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-21) was held in Gaborone, Botswana 23 to 25 August 2017 to present a consensus outlook for the 2017/2018 rainfall season over the SADC region. Climate scientists from the SADC National Meteorological and/or Hydrological Services (NMHSs), the SADC Climate Services Centre (CSC) formulated this Outlook.

The Twenty Second Annual Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-22) 

The Twenty Second Annual Southern Africa Regional Climate Outlook Forum (SARCOF-22) was held in Lusaka, Zambia from 22nd to 24th August 2018 to present a consensus outlook for the 2018/2019 rainfall season over the SADC region.  Before the forum, a training was organized at the SADC-CSC Early Warning System laboratory (Gaborone, Botswana) for climate scientists from the SADC National Meteorological and/or Hydrological Services on the 13-20 August 2018 to formulate this Outlook. 

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