CM30225 Parallel Computing

Reading Week

Topics covered:

Revision Classes

Lectures for this Unit have finished. There will be revision classes in the usual time slots

Using Balena over the Christmas break

Balena will be running unattended over much of the Christmas break. Do not plan on leaving your coursework to the last minute!

Please remember Balena is a shared resource and be respectful in your use of it!

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.




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.

Also see HPC at Bath

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 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.

Coursework FAQ

This coursework is designed to investigate parallelism, not mathematics. So if you are focusing on the mathematical aspects, you are just making extra work for yourself

The Exam

At the end of the semester (75%).

Online Past Papers

Past papers


Not much on Moodle

All the Slides

All the slides in one big PDF. The exam will only be set on material covered in lectures and the reading weeks, and your lecture notes will tell you what was covered in lectures.


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 reminders to me as to what topics I should cover: you are expected to read around the subject and refer to your lecture notes. 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 the reading weeks and in lectures, and your lecture notes will tell you what was covered in lectures.

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