Advanced Topics in Parallel Computing


This seminar series reviews advanced topics in high-performance parallel computing.


ISC5939-01, Spring 2008, 1 hr, letter grade, T 3:30-4:30 PM, 499DSL
Course Web Site
Professor Robert van Engelen
engelen at scs dot fsu dot edu
475DSL (School of Computational Science at 4th floor in Dirac)
When and Where?
499 DSL on Tuesday from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.
Office Hours
Mondays 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM and upon request.
Intended Audience
Graduate students and senior undergraduate students.
High-Performance Computing (HPC) ISC5935-1 (Fall 2007)
Class handouts.
Ealuation and Grading
Attendance 50% (2% penalty for each missed class) and topic presentation 50%.
A:94-100, A-:90-93, B+:87-89, B:83-86, B-:80-82, C+:77-79, C:73-76, C-:70-72

Computer Accounts

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The seminar schedule is shown below (refresh this page if necessary).

Date Lectures Reading material
1/8 Welcome and Introduction -
1/15 Floating Point Operations and SIMD Extensions [PDF] see lecture notes
1/22 The PRAM model [PDF] [JaJa] Chapters 1 and 2
1/29 Parallel I/O [PDF] [SRC] Chapter 11
2/5 Graph Partitioning for High-Performance Scientific Simulation [PDF] [SRC] Chapter 18
2/12 Grid Computing [PDF] [Grid] Chapter 4
2/19 Advanced Restructuring Compiler Technologies [PDF] [High] Chapters 5, 7-9 (parts)
2/26 Automatic Differentiation [SRC] Chapter 24
3/4 Parallel Object-Oriented Libraries [SRC] Chapter 13
3/11 Spring Break
3/18 class cancelled
3/25 Parallel Computing in Computational Fluid Dynamics: Incompressible Flows [PDF] [SRC] Chapter 5
4/1 Parallel Computational Chemistry [SRC] Chapter 7
4/8 Parallel Computing in Computational Fluid Dynamics: Compressible Flows [PDF] [SRC] Chapter 5
4/15 Parallel Computing in Earthquake Simulations [PDF] [SRC] Section 8.4

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Copyright: Robert van Engelen, Florida State University, 2008.
Last modified: Wednesday, April 16, 2008