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Postgraduate Course: HPC Ecosystem (PGPH11073)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Physics and Astronomy CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThe course will provide students with an understanding of how HPC is used in the real world, and introduce them to a number of concepts and issues which we consider to be relevant to a professional HPC practitioner. They will also encounter the various actors (organisations, communities) which make up the HPC Ecosystem. Opportunities to experiment with some of the technologies will be provided via lab exercises. To give students some hands-on experience applying some of the concepts of the course we will make use of online interactive case-study material. On completion of the course, students will have an overview of the current place of HPC in the world, and how it is used. They will also have gained in-depth knowledge of the topical challenge of reaching Exascale levels of computing performance.

The course will comprise the following elements:

1.Guest Lectures (5), from Vendors, HPC Researchers and Users
2.EPCC Core Sessions, covering the following topics:
3.Trends and demographics in HPC
4.HPC vendors
5.HPC users and their requirements
6.Procuring an HPC system
7.HPC in Europe
8.Exascale computing
9.Grid and cloud computing
10.Data-intensive computing

Most topics will be delivered primarily by lecture,supported by tutored practical exercises where appropriate.
Course description Not entered
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Message-Passing Programming (PGPH11078) AND Threaded Programming (PGPH11077)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed HPC Architectures (PGPH11080)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2015/16, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 22, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 65 )
Additional Information (Learning and Teaching) Please contact the School for further information
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 100 %, Coursework 0 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 100% examination consisting of a two hour exam
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course students should be able to:
1.List several current HPC vendors and their products and services
2.Contrast HPC user communities and their differing requirements
3.Plan the acquisition of a university-scale HPC system
4.Explain the roles of the main bodies involved in HPC in Europe
5.Explain the key issues for HPC in the future
6.Summarise the advantages and disadvantages of several computing paradigms
7.Assess the importance of various proposed solutions to the Exascale challenge

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Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
KeywordsHE (S2)
Course organiserMr Arno Proeme
Course secretary Yuhua Lei
Tel: (0131 6) 517067
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