Nkwebi “Peace” Motlogelwa, University of Botswana

Peace-3Peace is a lecturer at the University of Botswana in the Computer Science (CS) department where he teaches courses on discrete mathematics, distributed systems, integrative programming, programming languages, and compilers.

Before he became engaged with HPC, he was involved with a Microsoft-funded HIV/AIDS project that explored how wireless and mobile technologies improve public health in under-served communities. He learned how spatially-relevant public health information is used to inform policy and spending priorities, and that it is also useful to communicate life-saving information to illiterate and semi-illiterate people in rural regions who lack access to health education.

As a partner in support of the SADC cyberinfrastructure, Peace recognizes how high performance computing (HPC) and data science accelerate research in all scientific domains. He therefore incorporates elements of these concepts in every course he teaches. With this exposure, he hopes U-Botswana students will begin to think of new ways to leverage technology to improve socioeconomic conditions in the region, and around the world.

Peace attended a Ranger workshop at the Center for High Performance Computing (CHPC), Capetown in South Africa in 2014. The workshop, conducted by CHPC’s Nick Thorne, was designed to help systems administrators who had adopted Ranger racks configure and use their new systems. His education will continue in Austin, Texas by the team that supported Ranger before it was donated to CHPC in 2013.


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