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Undergraduate Course: Parallel Architectures (Level 10) (INFR10016)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate) Credits10
Home subject areaInformatics Other subject areaNone
Course website http://www.inf.ed.ac.uk/teaching/courses/pa Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThe aims of this course are twofold: (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.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Computer Architecture (INFR09009)
Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Parallel Architectures (Level 11) (INFR11024)
Other requirements Successful completion of Year 3 of an Informatics Single or Combined Honours Degree, or equivalent by permission of the School.
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesNone
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?Yes
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2012/13 Semester 2, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  No Quota:  None
Location Activity Description Weeks Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
No Classes have been defined for this Course
First Class Week 1, Tuesday, 10:00 - 10:50, Zone: Central. Lecture Theatre 270, Old College
No Exam Information
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 - use web-based simulation models of computer systems to investigate hardware/software performance trade-offs.
4 - record observations of on-line experiments, present this information in a variety of formats and draw conclusions from it.
Assessment Information
Written Examination 75
Assessed Assignments 25
Oral Presentations 0

Assessment
There are three assessed practicals for this module. One of them is a paper & pencil exercise concerned with interconnection networks while the other two involve using and programming simulation models of two different computer systems.

If delivered in semester 1, this course will have an option for semester 1 only visiting undergraduate students, providing assessment prior to the end of the calendar year.
Special Arrangements
None
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus * Introduction
Parallelism and Performance
Parallelism in Software

* Uniprocessor Parallelism
Vector & SIMD Instructions
Superscalar and VLIW processors

* Interconnection networks
Introduction
Routing Functions
Dynamic Networks
Combining Networks

* Multiprocessor & Multicomputer Systems
Introduction
Shared Memory Systems
Directory-based Coherence Protocols
Memory Consistency
NUMA Systems
Message Passing Systems

* Performance & Scalability
Performance metrics
Scalability

Relevant QAA Computing Curriculum Sections: Architecture, Simulation and Modelling
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list * 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.
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Lectures 20
Tutorials 0
Timetabled Laboratories 0
Non-timetabled assessed assignments 25
Private Study/Other 55
Total 100
KeywordsNot entered
Contacts
Course organiserDr Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
Email: mcryan@inf.ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMiss Kate Weston
Tel: (0131 6)50 2701
Email: Kate.Weston@ed.ac.uk
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