CMSC 818Z (Spring 1999)


Dr. Jeff Hollingsworth
4161 AV Williams
(40) 5-2708

Office Hours:
Tu 10:45-12:00, W 10:00-11:00

Class URL:

You are expected to check the class web page on a regular basis (at least twice weekly).

Catalog Description:

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):

Required Course Text:

Highly Parallel Computing 2nd Edition, Almasi and Gottlieb, Benjamin/Cummings 1994.

The Grid: Blueprint for a New Computing Infrastructure, Foster and Kesselman, Morgan-Kaufmann 1998 (recommended)

Papers from the reading list

Term Projects:

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.


Classroom participation


Programming Assignment






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.