Undergraduate Course: Parallel Architectures (Level 10) (INFR10016)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
||Availability||Available to all students
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 4 Undergraduate)
|Home subject area||Informatics
||Other subject area||None
||Taught in Gaelic?||No
|Course description||The 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)
|| Students MUST have passed:
Computer Architecture (INFR09009)
|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
|Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?||Yes
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 - 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.
|Written Examination 75|
Assessed Assignments 25
Oral Presentations 0
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.
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 Mary Cryan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5153
|Course secretary||Miss Kate Farrow
Tel: (0131 6)50 2706