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COMP 633
Parallel Computing


Fall 2017 (Tue Aug 22 - Tue Dec 5)
TTh 2:00 - 3:15 PM FB 009

Instructor: Jan Prins, FB 334, Tel: 919-590-6213, prins@cs.unc.edu
Office hours: Mon 2 - 3 pm and by appt.
(email me with questions anytime)

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This is an introductory graduate course covering several aspects of parallel and high-performance computing. Upon completion, you should

Additional information including the course syllabus can be found in the course overview.

All parallel programming models discussed in this class are supported on BASS or phaedra which are available for use in this class.

@ Announcements

@ On-line Handouts

(some material local-access only)

@ Reading Assignments

@ Written and Programming Assignments

@ Platforms and Programming Models





@ Bibliography

This list will evolve throughout the semester. Specific reading assignments are listed above.
  1. PRAM Algorithms, S. Chatterjee, J. Prins, COMP 633 course notes, 2015.
  2. Memory Hierarchy in Cache-Based Systems, R. v.d. Pas, Sun Microsystems, 2003.
  3. OpenMP 3.1 tutorial, Blaise Barney, LLNL, 2015.
  4. The Implementation of the Cilk-5 Multithreaded Language, M. Frigo, C. Leiserson, K. Randall, in Proceedings of ACM Conf. on Programming Language Design and Implementation, 1998.
  5. Shared Memory Consistency Models: A Tutorial, S. V. Adve, K. Gharachorloo, DEC Western Research Labs Report 95/7, 1995.
  6. Computer Architecture: A Quantitative Approach 2nd ed, D. Patterson, J. Hennessy, Morgan-Kaufmann 1996.
  7. Fast N-Body Simulation with CUDA, L. Nyland, M. Harris, J. Prins, GPUGems 3, 2008.
  8. An Overview of Programming for Intel Xeon processors an Intel Xeon Phi coprocessors, James Reinders, Intel Corp, 2012.
  9. "Questions and Answers about BSP", D. Skillicorn, J. Hill, and W. McColl, Scientific Programming 6, 1997.
  10. Message Passing Interface, Blaise Barney, LLNL 2015
  11. Introduction to Parallel Computing: Design and Analysis of Algorithms, V. Kumar, A. Grama, A. Gupta, G. Karypis, Benjamin-Cummings, 1994.

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