CIS4930/CDA5125: Introduction to Parallel and Distributed Systems

Spring 2013


Lecture time Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:25pm-2:15pm

Lecture location 103 Lov Building

Instructor Prof. Xin Yuan, 168 Love Building, 644-9133,

Office hours Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:30pm-11:20pm, or by appointment.

Textbook There is no required textbook.

Reference materials

Course Home Page

Class Mailing List I will maintain a mailing list for the course related information such as announcement, homework, etc. Please check both the course web site and your email at least once in two days throughout the semester.

Course rationale This is an introductory course to the parallel and distributed systems and programming.

Course description

This course systematically introduces parallel and distributed systems and programming. It is an early adopter of the NSF/IEEE-TCPP Parallel and Distributed Computing Curriculum. As such, the course follows the NSF/TCPP Parallel and Distributed Computing Curriculum with four classes of the topics: architecture (15 hours), programming (20 hours), algorithm (5 hours), and cross-cutting/advanced (5 hours).

Learning Objectives

The objective of this course is to enable you to:



Homework will be assigned from time to time. Small programming assignments will be given. There is a term R&D project, which includes in class presentation and a project report. Programming assignments and the term project are to be done by individuals or groups of two students. There will be a midterm and a final exam. The grade points are distributed as follows: The final letter grade will be assigned based on the relative performance. It is expected that half of the class will receive A or A-.

Course schedule (tentative)

Course Policies

Your Responsibilities


Academic Honor Code

The Florida State University Academic Honor Policy outlines the University's expectations for the integrity of students' academic work, the procedures for resolving alleged violations of those expectations, and the rights and responsibilities of students and faculty members throughout the process. Students are responsible for reading the Academic Honor Policy and for living up to their pledge to be honest and truthful and strive for personal and institutional integrity at Florida State University. (Florida State University Academic Honor Policy, found at Under the university honor code policy, for level 1 agreement between the instructor and the students who violate the honor code, the penalty for the first violation is a zero for the particular exam/quiz/project AND one letter grade deduction for the course (e.g. A- to B-). The second violation will be resolved through the Office of the Dean and the faculties.

Accommodation for Disabilities

Students with disabilities needing academic accommodations should:

  1. Register with and provide documentation to the Student Disability Resource Center (SDRC).
  2. Bring a letter to the instructor from the SDRC `indicating you need academic accommodations. This should be done within the first week of class.

This syllabus and other class materials are available in alternative format upon request.

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