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High-Performance Parallel & Distributed Systems - COM00036H

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  • Department: Computer Science
  • Module co-ordinator: Dr. Steven Wright
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: H
  • Academic year of delivery: 2024-25

Module summary

This module introduces and explores the use of high-performance computing, and related technologies.

Related modules

Co-requisite modules

  • None

Prohibited combinations

  • None

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching period
A Semester 1 2024-25

Module aims

This module introduces and explores the use of HPC and related technologies, covering on and off node parallelism, accelerators, and memory management. Students will understand the increasingly important role that HPC plays in science and engineering. Throughout the module, students will practice by developing programs using a range of parallel programming paradigms like OpenMP and MPI.

Module learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate the development of parallel programs using a range of popular programming paradigms, over shared and distributed memory systems.

  • Be able to use appropriate metrics to assess and compare the performance of applications and systems.

  • Describe the use of distributed data frameworks to implement large scale data processing solutions

  • Be able to explore the design space afforded by parallel and distributed systems, including issues of GPU programming, high-speed networking, and IO.


Task Length % of module mark
Individual Open Assessment
N/A 100

Special assessment rules




Module feedback

Feedback is provided through work in practical sessions, and after the final assessment as per normal University guidelines.

Indicative reading

Introduction to High Performance Scientific Computing, Eijkhout, Victor; van de Geijn, Robert; Chow, Edmond

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