CM30225 Parallel Computing

The Unit

Unit Catalogue

Some texts

Parallel computing has been around for longer than you think, so there are many books -- just pick one! None I have found matches this course terribly well, but each contains useful bits and pieces. At least for the generalities.

Hardware

Software

Theory

Some links

Wikipedia seems fairly accurate in this area, but you should always treat Wikipedia as a useful source of pointers and follow up the references

Using Balena

Notes on using Balena.

Your jobs will go into the "cm30225" queue: this is shared by all of you on this unit

If you submit a large number of jobs your priority will decrease to give other people's jobs a chance

Expect the queue to get longer as you approach the hand-in date!

Programming in C

Some quick notes to remind you about programming in C

The Coursework

Coursework accounts for 25% of the unit total. It consists of two assignments:

If you have problems accessing Balena, please email hpc-support@bath.ac.uk and give as much detail as you can about the problem. Note this is purely for problems with the machine: any other problems are your own!

There are plenty of resources on available on the Web to help you with both assignments, including standards, manuals and tutorials.

The Exam

At the end of the semester (75%).

Online Past Papers

Past papers

Also, here is a mock exam.

Moodle

Not much on Moodle

Slides

These will be released after the relevant lecture: there is no substitute to having the material go through your brain at least once!

Note that these slides are hints to me as to what topics I should cover: you are expected to read around the subject. Don't treat the slides as the entirety of your study.

The file numbers don't correspond to anything in particular in terms of lectures or subject covered. I may have skipped some material in lectures: why not improve your general education and read the extra too! The exam will only be set on material covered in lectures and your lecture notes will tell you what was covered in lectures.