2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
COMP3221 Parallel Computation
10 creditsClass Size: 250
Module manager: Dr David Head
Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryWith single processor performance peaking and the demand for processing time not diminishing parallel hardware and programming is increasingly important. This importance is not exclusively felt in the high performance computing disciplines but also on commodity hardware as end user becomes more demanding.This module introduces the fundamental principles and issues underlying a range of parallel technologies, and provides practical experiences in writing and evaluating programs on a set of architectures including multi-core CPU, GPU, and MPI for distributed parallelism.
ObjectivesThis module will introduce the fundamental skills and knowledge required to develop parallel computer software.
On successful completion of this module a student will have demonstrated the ability to:
- recall key concepts of parallel software and hardware.
- apply parallel design paradigms to serial algorithms.
- evaluate and select appropriate parallel solutions for real world problems.
- generalise parallel concepts to future hardware and software developments.
Programming, design, performance measurement, evaluation.
This module covers the following 3 topic areas:
- Parallel programming design patterns : work pools, data parallelism, synchronisation, locks, MapReduce and atomic instructions.
- Parallel computation models : shared memory parallelism (SMP), distributed memory parallelism and general purpose graphics processing unit (GPGPU).
- Common frameworks : OpenMP, Message passing interface (MPI) and OpenCL.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Class tests, exams and assessment||1||2.00||2.00|
|Private study hours||66.00|
|Total Contact hours||34.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private studyTaught session preparation: 10 hours
Taught session follow-up: 22 hours
Self-directed study: 10 hours
Assessment activities: 24 hours
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackCoursework and labs.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|In-course Assessment||Long Form Answers (Minerva)||10.00|
|In-course Assessment||Open MP/C code||15.00|
|In-course Assessment||MPI-C code||20.00|
|In-course Assessment||OpenCL code||15.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||60.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||48 hr||40.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||40.00|
This module will be reassessed by an online time-constrained assessment.
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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