As observed by Porter  and Enright , clusters occupy a key position in the economy of developed countries, most notably because they bring several benefits resulting from economic and social factors. Although these authors alert us to the importance of social capital mechanisms in clustering processes, they fail to fully explore the psychological and social basis that underlay clusters and clustering processes. In the same vein, while Porter and Sölvell  mention that a cluster allows a shared language, social ties, and a set of standards and values to develop, they do not fully expand on how such phenomena develops. Read moreTags: mechanisms, cluster
With the help of Google Africa and Intel Corporation, the iHub has embarked on a journey whose immediate realization is the setting up of a High Performance Computing (HPC) system, which we are calling the iHub Cluster.
The best part is that it was an idea was presented in 2011 from an iHub community member, Idd Salim and by December it was clear it was going to happen. It became a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’. Read moreTags: cluster, iHub, teraflop, super computer, HPC
Crossposted from white african
When I look at the tech scene in Africa, there is a single question that consistently runs through my mind.
What foundational parts of the technology ecosystem do we own, and what are we reliant on others for?
What I’m talking about here are the items deeper down the stack, the core components that allow a country to own its own technological future. Here are some examples: Read moreTags: supercomputer, African, cluster
It’s going to break many hearts around Europe where innovation clusters have been strongly advocated at all levels of policy making but a recent Norwegian study found that a firms international connections were far more important than local clusters. That means the future for many regions and companies lies in building those international pipelines (partnerships, ideas, possibilities) rather than relying on local cluster subsidies.
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For some 20 years, regional and city based innovation and economic development policy focused on clustering, based on Michael Porter’s (1990) Competitive Advantage of Nations. However, there are still those that are doubtful about whether clusters foster economic development. In this article an alternative is proposed: the convoy model. The evidence that clusters lead to successful inter-firm regional interaction is inconclusive. Is it time for a rethink?
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