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OCMP5426: Parallel and Distributed Computing

2024 unit information

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 optimising 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.

Unit details and rules

Managing faculty or University school:

Computer Science

Code OCMP5426
Academic unit Computer Science
Credit points 6
COMP5426 or COMP4426
Assumed knowledge:
Experience with algorithm design and software development as covered in (COMP2017 or COMP9017) and COMP3027 or COMP3927 (or equivalent UoS from different institutions)

At the completion of this unit, you should be able to:

  • LO1. Understand different parallel computer architectures.
  • LO2. Understand how the performance of programs can be seriously affected by memory hierarchies and use some techniques to deal with the problem.
  • LO3. Understand the basic techniques of parallel algorithm design for different parallel computer machines.
  • LO4. Apply basic techniques of parallel algorithm design to design efficient algorithms for solving some simple problems on different parallel computer machines.
  • LO5. Implement efficient parallel algorithms to solve some simple problems on different parallel computer machines.
  • LO6. Understand the metrics of performance measurement and apply them for analysis of simple parallel algorithms.
  • LO7. Communicate complex technical concepts and ideas clearly in the form of a report.

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Semester 1a 2024
Online Online Program
Semester 2a 2024
Online Online Program
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Semester 2a 2023
Online Online Program

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