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CS259 - Advanced Parallel Processing


An advanced hardware architecture and software development class focused on multi-threaded, parallel processing algorithms and techniques.  A detailed study of high-performance parallel processing hardware architectures ranging from on-chip Instruction-Level Parallelism to multi-core microprocessor chips to large distributed supercomputing systems including Clusters, Grids, and Clouds.  Discussion and hands-on exercises in a broad range of various parallel programming paradigms and languages such as Pthreads, MPI, OpenMP, Map-Reduce Hadoop, CUDA and OpenCL.  The class will focus on the fundamental concepts associated with the design and analysis of parallel processing systems.  Special emphasis will be placed on avoiding the unique non-deterministic software defects that can arise in parallel processing systems including race conditions and deadlocks.  A term project on a topic selected by the student will be required.