Math 627 - Introduction to Parallel Computing

Spring 2008 - Matthias K. Gobbert

Section 0101 - Schedule Number 7520

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Presentations of the Class Projects

The presentations of the class projects will be held on Friday, May 16, 2008 starting at 01:00 p.m. in MP 401. Please follow the link to the Program for the titles and abstracts. Just like for seminar talks, everybody is welcome to attend!

Basic Information


In recent years, parallel computing has become an almost ubiquitous way to perform computer simulations involving large amounts of data or intensive calculations. The basic purpose of using several processors is to speed up computations of large problems by distributing the work. But large problems typically involve vast quantities of data as well; by distributing the data across several processors, problems of previously unsolvable size can now be tackled in reasonable time.

This course will both introduce the basic aspects of parallel programming and the algorithmic considerations involved in designed scalable parallel numerical methods. The programming will use the Message Passing Interface (MPI), the most common library of parallel communication commands today for any type of parallel machine architecture. Time permitting, we will discuss several application examples in detail that show how parallel computing can be used to solve large application problems in practice.

Learning Goals

By the end of this course, you should:

Other Information

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