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Undergraduate Course: Parallel Programming Languages and Systems (Level 11) (UG) (INFR11226)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Informatics CollegeCollege of Science and Engineering
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Year 4 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course follows the delivery and assessment of Parallel Programming Languages and Systems (Level 11) (INFR11023) exactly. Undergraduate students must register for this course, while MSc students must register for INFR11023 instead.
Course description This course follows the delivery and assessment of Parallel Programming Languages and Systems (Level 11) (INFR11023) exactly. Undergraduate students must register for this course, while MSc students must register for INFR11023 instead.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Parallel Programming Languages and Systems (Level 11) (INFR11023)
Other requirements This course follows the delivery and assessment of Parallel Programming Languages and Systems (Level 11) (INFR11023) exactly. Undergraduate students must register for this course, while MSc students must register for INFR11023 instead.

This course is open to all Informatics students including those on joint degrees. For external students where this course is not listed in your DPT, please seek special permission from the course organiser (lecturer).

Students must also be competent programmers in C, C++ or Java and have an appreciation of the connection between log_2 and 2^.
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesAs above.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 20, Summative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 76 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 80 %, Coursework 20 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Exam 80%
Coursework 20%

Assessment will be by a combination of short programming exercises, designed to familiarize students with the practicalities of parallel programming; and, pencil-and-paper exercises.

You should expect to spend approximately 20 hours on the coursework for this course.
Feedback Not entered
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)Parallel Programming Languages and Systems (Level 11) (UG) (INFR11226)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Describe generic issues (as discussed in the syllabus) which must be addressed by any parallel programming system
  2. Explain, given a description of a previously unseen parallel application, where specific instances of the generic issues will arise
  3. Explain, in considerable detail, the ways in which the generic issues are addressed by the MPI and Pthreads programming models and their supporting infrastructure
  4. Apply their practical experience with MPI and Pthreads to write clean, adaptable and scalable parallel programs for simple applications
  5. Compare the approaches proposed by a range of more speculative programming models
Reading List
G.R. Andrews, Foundations of Multithreaded, Parallel and Distributed Programming, 2000
B. Wilkinson, M.Allen, 'Parallel Programming, Techniques and Applications', 1999
I Foster, 'Designing and Building Parallel Programs', 1995
M.J.Quinn, 'Parallel Programming in C with MPI and OpenMP', 2004
Selected research papers
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordsparallel programming,architectures,concurrency,parallelism
Contacts
Course organiserDr Murray Cole
Tel: (0131 6)50 5154
Email: M.Cole@ed.ac.uk
Course secretaryMrs Helen Tweedale
Tel: (0131 6)50 3827
Email: Helen.Tweedale@ed.ac.uk
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