CMSC 714 (Spring 2000)
Dr. Jeff Hollingsworth
4161 AV Williams
M 10:15-11:00, Tu 10:00-11:00
Class URL: http://www.cs.umd.edu/~hollings/cs818z/s00
You are expected to check the class web page on a regular basis (at least twice weekly).
Selected topics in high-performance systems, including contemporary architectures, interconnection topologies, shared memory and message-passing systems, multi-threaded kernels, latency avoidance and hiding techniques, methods for data and workload partitioning, performance profiling, debugging.
An understanding of the issues in the design high performance computers.
Prerequisites: CMSC412, CMSC411 (or equivalent classes)
Topics Covered (in approximately the order we will cover them):
· Introduction (1 week)
· Programming Models (2 weeks)
· Parallel Architectures (2 weeks)
· Debugging & Instrumentation (2 weeks)
· Scheduling (1 week)
· Performance Tools (2 weeks)
· OS Issues (2 weeks)
· Commercial Applications (2 weeks)
Required Course Text:
The Grid: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure, Foster and Kesselman, Morgan-Kaufmann 1998
The class will include term projects to investigate some aspect of parallel computing in more depth. The projects are intended to be “mini-research” projects. Part of the projects will be to define a specific project from sample ideas I supply you. The project will also include a written and oral reports to convey what you have learned.
The instructor reserves the right to fail, regardless of numeric score, students who do not submit a good faith attempt to complete all programming assignments.