Postgraduate Course: HPC Architectures (PGPH11080)
|School||School of Physics and Astronomy
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||After taking this course students should have a good understanding (from the practioner's perspective) of the way HPC systems are designed and how this affects both the way they are programmed and the performance of applications.
The course will cover the following topics:
- Basic components of HPC systems: processors, memory, interconnect, storage.
- Classification of architectures: SIMD/MIMD, shared vs distributed memory, clusters
- System software: OSs, processes, threads, scheduling, batch systems.
- Brief history of HPC systems, including Moore &ęs Law.
- CPU design: functional units, instructions sets, pipelining, branch predicition, ILP (superscalar, VLIW, SIMD instructions), multithreading.
- Caches: operation and design features
- Memory: operation and design features, including cache coherency and consistency
- Multicore CPUs, including cache and memory hierarchy
- GPGPUs: operation and design features
- Interconnects: operation and design features
- Current HPC architectures
Lectures will be followed by tutored practical sessions illustrating the key concepts.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2016/17, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 22,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 11,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Additional Information (Learning and Teaching)
Please contact the School for further information
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||100% examination consisting of a two hour exam
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S1 (December)||2:00|
| On completion of this course students should be able to:
- Understand the key components of HPC architectures
- Understand the basic principles of operation of these components
- Appreciate the main design choices and trade-offs in HPC architecture.
- Understand how the components are put together to form complete systems
- Understand how HPC system software is used to manage the hardware.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Mr William Jackson
|Course secretary||Ms Joan Strachan
Tel: (0131 6)50 5030
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