Parallel Programming (3:1)
Instructor: Sathish Vadhiyar
Meeting Hours: 2:00-3:30 PM; Monday, Wednesday; Room 202, SERC
The objective of this course is to give you some level of confidence in parallel programming techniques, algorithms and tools. At the end of the course, you would (we hope) be in a position to deal with real-life parallel problems and to explore new avenues of research in the area of parallel programming. The course covers parallel programming tools, constructs, models, algorithms, parallel matrix computations, parallel programming optimizations, scientific applications and parallel system software. MPI, OpenMP and CUDA will be covered.
2 Mid-Term Exams (February 17, March 26) - 30
Assignments (2. Due: February 13, March 8) - 20
Assignment (1. Due: March 31) - 10
Final project (Proposal: March 5, Final presentation: April 31, Final report: May 1) - 30
Final Exam (April 28 Forenoon) - 10
The final project has to clearly demonstrate the uniqueness of your work over existing work and show adequate performance improvements. It can be in
parallelizing well known algorithms or problems. Examples:
hybrid executions on both CPU and GPU cores.
graph algorithms - spanning trees, shortest paths, satisfiability, mesh generation or refinement (e.g., Delaunay)
parallelization of fundamental algorithms you would encounter in an algorithm book. e.g.,
parallelizing numerical methods, Examples:
Dense martrix or sparse matrix computations. e.g., Cholesky, QR, Inverse, SVD, conjugate gradient etc.
Transforms (FFT, wavelet etc.)
Any numerical method you would encounter in matrix/numerical methods book. e.g.,
System software. Examples:
Techniques for scheduling or mapping parallel tasks to processors to achieve least makespan or throughput
Load balancing techniques for irregular computations
Automatic techniques for splitting tasks among GPU and CPU cores.
Automatic data management techniques for GPU cores.
Proposing genetic programming abstractions
Sample Projects from Previous Years
Important Assignment NotesEthics
All assignments will be evaluated for a maximum of 10. There will be a penalty of -1 for every additional day taken for submission after the assignment due date.
Thus, you will have to be judicious regarding deciding when to submit your assignments.
Suppose you have completed 1/2 of the assignment by the due date.
You think that it will take another 1 day to finish 3/4 of the assignment. In this scenario, if you submit by the due date, you will get a maximum score of 5 and if you submit a day after, you will get a maximum score of 6.5 (=7.5-1, -1 for the extra day). Thus, you will get better score if you take an extra day, finish 3/4 of the assignment and then submit.
You think that it will take another 3 days to finish 3/4 of the assignment. In this scenario, if you submit by the due date, you will get a maximum score of 5 and if you submit 3 days after, you will get a maximum score of 4.5 (=7.5-3, -3 for the three extra days). Thus, you will get better score if you submit your assignment that is 1/2 complete by the due date than submit the assignment that will be 3/4 complete after 3 days.