CITS3402 introduces the key concepts of high performance computing in an easy-paced manner. Initially the basic ideas in multi-core computer architectures are explored through simple programming examples using OpenMP. In particular, the emphasis will be on improving the performance of the most compute-intensive parts of a program, loops. The lectures will cover the spawning of multiple threads on multiple cores through extensive examples. Next, the key problem in multi-core programming, cache coherency will be explored thoroughly. Distributed memory architectures and their programming through Message Passing Interface (MPI) will be discussed in the second part of the unit. Finally, combining both OpenMP and MPI for improving performance on a cluster of multicore processors will be covered.
|Unit Coordinator:||Prof. Amitava Datta|
|Lecture times:||12:00 - 1:45pm Wednesdays (RBST: Robert Street Lecture Theatre)|
|Laboratory sessions:||9:00-11:00 Mondays (CSSE Lab 2.01)|
9:00-11:00 Tuesdays (CSSE Lab 2.03)
11:00-1:00 Tuesdays (CSSE Lab 2.05)
|Email discussion list for CITS3402:||help3402|
|Consultation times:||10:00 - 11:00am Fridays|
There are no labs in the first two weeks.
|First project released||September 4|
|First project due||October 7, 11:59 pm|
|Second project released||October 8|
|Second project due||November 4, 11:59 pm|
|Final exam||2 hours, November|
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