A $10 million Zimbabwe high performance computing (HPC) programme is set to be operationalised by the end of June this year following its completion.

The project will see Zimbabwe becoming one of the biggest hosts of super-computing facilities in Africa.

The HPC programme commenced in 2015 under the national e-government programme through bilateral relations from China.

The project is set to improve research and development throughout critical fields such as artificial intelligence, weather and climate, and aid in industrialisation and mineral exploration says Professor Amon Murwira who is the Minister of Higher and Tertiary Education, Science and Technology Development.

Vice President of Inspur Group Company Mr Peter Huang said they are well on course to meet the June deadline for the project to be fully online.

The project is expected to maintain and service agreements going beyond 2019 while the technical partners will also equip local engineers with skills transfer.