CS525: Parallel Computing
Ananth Grama, firstname.lastname@example.org, 494 6964
Tu/Th 12:00 - 1:15 PM
W, 1:30 - 3:00, and by appointment.
TA: Venkata Subramanya Tadigadaga, email@example.com
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CS525, Parallel Computing deals with emerging trends in the use of large
scale computing platforms ranging from desktop multicore processors,
tightly coupled SMPs, message passing platforms, and state-of-the-art
virtualized cloud computing environments . The course consists of four major
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Parallel Programming: Programming models and language support for programming
parallel platforms is discussed. Message passing using MPI,
thread-based programming using POSIX threads, and directive-based programming
using OpenMP are discussed.
Parallel and distributed platforms: This part of the class outlines parallel
computing hardware. Topics covered include processor and memory architectures,
multicore, SMP, and message passing hardware, interconnection networks,
and evaluation metrics for architectures. Cost models for communication are
Parallel and Distributed Algorithms: Starting from design principles for
parallel algorithms, this part develops parallel algorithms for a variety of
problems. Various metrics for evaluating these algorithms are also discussed.
Applications: A variety of parallel applications from diverse domains such
as data analysis, graphics and visualization, particle dynamics, and
discrete event and direct numerical simulations will be discussed.
Your grade will be determined using the following grading rubric:
Two Midterms: 50%
Five Homeworks: 30%
Final Project: 20%