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Postgraduate Course: Parallel Design Patterns (PGPH11071)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaPostgraduate (School of Physics and Astronomy) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis module will present a foundation of a pattern language for parallel programming.

Computational patterns are discussed only briefly as many of them are described in detail in other modules of the MSc programme. This module will focus on parallel algorithm strategy patterns:

& Task Parallelism
& Recursive Splitting
& Geometric Decomposition
& Pipeline
& Discrete Event

And implementation Strategy Patterns:

& Master/Worker
& Loop Parallelism
& Fork/Join
& Shared Queue
& Actors

Patterns are described on an abstract level and their implementations are explored in the tutorials. Tutorials put emphasis on creation of reusable generic implementations.

Codes will be written which demonstrate the separation of application details from the parallelisation strategy.

Programming exercises use C and Fortran. The course does not go into the details of language-specific issues, but examples are presented in C, Fortran and Java.

Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2011/12 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) WebCT enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 11:10 - 12:00
King's BuildingsLecture1-11 11:10 - 12:00
King's BuildingsTutorial1-11 10:00 - 10:50
First Class Week 1, Monday, 11:10 - 12:00, Zone: King's Buildings. Room 5327 JCMB
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students should be able to:

& Recognise algorithm strategy patterns for the problem at hand.

& Choose the most appropriate implementation pattern.

& Design and write reusable parallel code.

& Have awareness of features provided by the Java concurrency utilities package.

& Understand the fundamentals of the API design.
Assessment Information
100% Coursework
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
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Transferable skills Not entered
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Study Abroad Not entered
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KeywordsPDP
Contacts
Course organiserDr Judy Hardy
Tel: (0131 6)50 6716
Email: j.hardy@ed.ac.uk
Course secretary Yuhua Lei
Tel: (0131 6) 517067
Email: yuhua.lei@ed.ac.uk
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