Modern computer systems contain parallelism in both hardware and software. This unit covers parallelism in both general purpose and application specific computer architectures and the programming paradigms that allow parallelism to be exploited in software. This unit examines both shared memory and message passing paradigms in both hardware and software; concurrency, multithreading and synchronicity; parallel, clustered and distributed supercomputing models and languages. Students will program in these paradigms.
2 hrs lectures/wk
Workload commitments for FIT5174 are:
Recommended knowledge: operating systems, including synchronisation and interprocess communication mechanisms; advanced computer architecture, including pipelining techniques.
Dr Asad Khan
At the completion of this unit students will have:
|Assessment Task||Value||Due Date|
|Distributed Systems - Assignment 1 of 2||25%||Mon 16/Aug, 12PM (week05)|
|Distributed Systems - Programming Assignment 2 of 2||25%||Mon 13/Sep, 12PM (week9)|
|Parallel architectures Assignment||25%||Fri 15/Oct, 12PM (week12)|
|Parallel architectures class test (during the lecture)||25%||Week 12 lecture slot|
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Demonstrate through your submission, the theoretical understanding of multi-process algorithms.
Demonstrate through your submission, the practical skills in developing parallel distributed applications.
Each case study should contain the following sections:
1. A description of the problem.
2. The science or engineering outcomes of the application.
3. How the problem is solved on parallel machines.
Marks will be allocated, roughly equally, against the application areas listed in the assignment specification. Further marks will be allocated for the length of the paper (against the word limit) and the number of references.
Students should see the assignment specification for more detailed description of the requirements.
Demonstration of knowledge (understanding) gained during the weekly lectures in parallel architectures.
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