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Advanced Computing Committee (ACC)

Purpose 

  • To be a strategic sub-committee of the University Research Committee (URC) with responsibility for anticipating the needs and demands of advanced academic computing across all faculties and disciplines within the institution.
  • To advise the DVC charged with research and postgraduate studies on the advanced computing needs of the University to ensure that high-end academic computing functions as an integral activity of contemporary and future research at the institution.

Terms of reference

  • To develop policies and proposals for advanced computing infrastructural requirements to service the needs of UCT research activities, including postgraduate training.
  • To advise the URC and DVC (overseeing Research, ICT and Postgraduate training) on developments in advanced computing and advanced computing needs at UCT.
  • To advise URC and UICTC of current and future institutional infrastructural needs related to advanced academic computing, particularly in regard to University budget distribution.
  • To periodically assess and, when necessary, advise the DVC and Director, Postgraduate Studies of the need for formal institution wide computer related training and course work for postgraduate students active in research central/related to advanced computing.
  • To consider applications for mid-level advanced computing equipment from researchers in the faculties for departmental and research grouping level use.
  • To advise the URC on mid level computing needs for departmental and research grouping level use.
  • To solicit (from researchers in the faculties) and compose applications, to external agencies, funding for major computing equipment destined for institutional use.

Composition

  • The DVC overseeing Research and the URC (ex officio). 
  • DVC overseeing IT and the UICTC (ex officio).
  • A Chair, appointed by the DVC Research. 
  • Up to two nominees from each Faculty with specialist knowledge (12). 
  • The chair of the Advanced Computing Working Group (1).
  •  An ICTS representative (1).
  •  A senior technical specialist from within the Advanced Computing community.

The research office will service the committee’s budget while servicing officer will be sourced from ICTS. .

Procedures

  • The Committee must formulate proposals and policies that address infrastructure and postgraduate teaching needs in respect of Advanced Computing at UCT.
  • Advice and opinions should be solicited from the Faculty communities, and specifically the Advanced Computing Working Group (ACWG) and ICTS on technical and user related matters.
  • The ACC should:
    •  stay abreast of large research-computing infrastructure available at UCT through annual communication with ICTS, the ACCWG and the Faculties. 
    •  Consider and rank, advanced computing equipment applications submitted to the UEC prior to the annual UEC funds allocation.
    • Ensure (through its Chair) that strategy decisions made by the URC and UICTC take cognisance of UCT’s Advanced Computing needs.
    • Periodically assess the need for formal training for postgraduate students involved in research involving advanced computing

To ensure upward communication, the chair of the ACC will sit on the University Research Committee and on the University ICT Committee. A member of the ACC will also serve on the UEC to represent the interest of the ACC in budget allocation.(if not in charge of its own budget)

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