CMSC 714  (Fall 2002)



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

Office Hours:
    Tu 10:00-11:00, 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):

·         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

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.