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One of the major hindrances to the research domain of Zimbabwe was the availability of expensive advanced high-tech research tools such as supercomputers. So far Zimbabwe, has broken this major barrier after establishing its own High Performance Computing Centre (or high performance cluster system) called the Zimbabwe Centre for High Performance Computing (ZCHPC) located at the University of Zimbabwe.

The Zimbabwe High Performance Computing Project was conceived in October 2011 and HPC was identified as one of the key solution to assisting the nation and the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region in solving the current climate change, food security, fresh water, poverty, disease, energy and human capital development problems through advanced research. The implementation process took less than a year as it started on the 16 May 2014 and commissioned on the 6 February 2015. The Project was instigated under the national flagship programs under   ZIMASSET and E-Government which mainly facilitated the project funding. During the implementation process Zimbabwe participated in various regional SADC and International HPC initiatives as well collaboration with various countries such as Republic of South Africa, Republic of China etc. The success of the  Project was based on the  implementation model which  was used that incorporated  key stakeholders  from different private and public domains such  academic, research, industry  and Government.