Postgraduate Course: Numerical Algorithms for High Performance Computing (INFD11025)
|School||School of Informatics
||College||College of Science and Engineering
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Course type||Online Distance Learning
||Availability||Not available to visiting students
|Summary||The development of High Performance Computing (HPC) systems has been largely driven by the requirements of Computational Scientists running large-scale numerical simulations such as global weather forecasting or studying new materials at the atomic scale. This course covers some of the basic numerical algorithms and computational patterns used in HPC and how they are implemented and used in practice, including the use of standard packages and libraries. Where appropriate, reference will be made to parallel implementations.
All these algorithms operate on real-valued variables, not integers, so it is important to understand the issues around storing and working with floating-point numbers, including the errors that this can introduce. This is an applied course and running the algorithms in practical situations is a key component.
The course will cover:
- Computational science as the third methodology
- Basic numerics, floating-point representation, errors and exceptions
- Simple ordinary differential equations
- N-body / particle methods
- Dense linear algebra, algorithms and libraries
- Partial differential equations and boundary value problems
- Sparse linear algebra
- Initial value problems and implicit methods
- Spectral methods - Fast Fourier Transforms (FFTs) and applications
- Monte Carlo methods
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
||Other requirements|| None
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Online Activities 30,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||60% Written Exam, 40% coursework (2 submissions)
||Provided through regular weekly tutorial sessions and discussions on output of practical exercises as well as on formative assignment.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain why computer simulation is an essential technique in many areas of science, and understand its advantages and limitations.
- Describe how real-valued quantities are represented on a computer and understand the various sources and types of error.
- Understand how physical problems are represented in a discrete form suitable for computer simulation
- Discuss the appropriate choice of algorithm for different problems.
- Use standard numerical libraries in their own applications.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Solution Exploration, Evaluation and Prioritisation.
Computational Science Techniques.
||This is an Online Learning Course. On-campus students should instead refer to INFR11174 - Numerical Algorithms for High Performance Computing
|Keywords||NAHPC,Numerical Algorithms,HPC,EPCC,Algebra,Algorithms,Monte Carlo,Computational Science,Online
|Course organiser||Dr Christopher Johnson
Tel: (0131) 650 5846
|Course secretary||Mr James Richards
Tel: 90131 6)51 3578