Parallel and Distributed Computing (COMP5426)


This unit is intended to introduce and motivate the study of high performance computer systems. The student will be presented with the foundational concepts pertaining to the different types and classes of high performance computers. The student will be exposed to the description of the technological context of current high performance computer systems. Students will gain skills in evaluating, experimenting with, and optimizing the performance of high performance computers. The unit also provides students with the ability to undertake more advanced topics and courses on high performance computing.

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Lecture 2 hrs/week; Tutorial 1 hr/week.


Through semester assessment (40%) Final Exam (60%)


A. Grama, A. Gupta, G. Karypis and V. Kumar/Introduction to Parallel Computing/Second Edition/2003/0 201 64865 2//

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