Postgraduate Course: Parallel Architectures (Level 11) (INFR11024)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||The aims of this course are threefold: (a) to investigate the various forms of parallelism found in uniprocessors and in multiprocessor and multicomputer systems; (b) to explore the issues which arise in these systems in terms of: (i) ensuring that programs are executed correctly by the hardware; (ii) maximising performance (c) to undertake an in-depth investigation of a specific area of current research in parallel architecture.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
|Prohibited Combinations|| Students MUST NOT also be taking
Parallel Architectures (Level 10) (INFR10016)
||Other requirements|| For Informatics PG and final year MInf students only, or by special permission of the School. Prior attendance at an undergraduate course on computer architecture. For students who have not had this opportunity should study the background material provided on the course website.
|Additional Costs|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Not being delivered|
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
|1 - describe the various forms of parallelism found in modern computer systems and the techniques used (a) to ensure that programs are executed correctly by parallel hardware (b) to maximise performance.
2 - assess the effectiveness of techniques used to enhance the performance of computer systems.
3 - record observations of on-line experiments, present this information in a variety of formats and draw conclusions from it.
4 - investigate, explain and comment critically on a specific area of current parallel computer architecture research.
|Written Examination 75|
Assessed Assignments 25
Oral Presentations 0
There are two assessed practicals for this module. One of them involves using a computer simulation model and the other writing a critical report on a parallel computing system.
Parallelism and Performance
Parallelism in Software
* Uniprocessor Parallelism
Vector & SIMD Instructions
Superscalar and VLIW processors
* Interconnection networks
* Multiprocessor & Multicomputer Systems
Shared Memory Systems
Directory-based Coherence Protocols
Message Passing Systems
*Performance & Scalability
Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Architecture, Simulation and Modelling
||* D.E. Culler & J.P. Singh, Parallel Computer Architecture, Morgan Kaufmann, 1999.
* J.L. Hennessey & D.A. Patterson, Computer Architecture: a Quantitative Approach, 4th Edition, Morgan Kaufmann, 2006.
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 25
Private Study/Other 55
|Course organiser||Dr Michael Rovatsos
Tel: (0131 6)51 3263
|Course secretary||Miss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701