DPS921 Course Outline

Course Code: DPS921
Course Name: Parallel Algorithms And Programming Techniques
Offered Date: Winter - 2018 | Other versions
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Course Description:

Data-intensive and compute-intensive problems benefit from programming solutions that execute instructions in parallel. A variety of programming models are available for implementing parallel algorithms. Students study industry-standard parallel patterns and learn how to implement parallel algorithms on multi-processor accelerators, shared-memory systems and distributed-memory systems using these programming models.

Credit Status: 1 credit (3 units)
Professional option for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development)
Prerequisite: BTP305
Mode of Instruction: Modes: In-class lecture, in-class exercises, and hands-on activity
Hours per week: 4
Room configurations: Computer lab
Typical scheduling pattern: Winter term
Learning Outcomes:
1. Create a programming solution using a parallel pattern to solve a specific problem in algorithm design
2. Design a shared-memory solution using directives or extensions to implement a task-parallel or data-parallel pattern
3. Design a distributed-memory solution using a message passing library to scale the solution
4. Compose a programming solution using multiple models to optimize the solution's performance
5. Tune a parallel algorithm using an analysis tool to optimize the algorithm's performance
6. Analyze a parallel algorithm using a debugging tool to locate errors in the algorithm
Topic Outline:
Introduction - 15%
        Complexity Theory
            Tasks, Data, Dependencies
            Granularity, Locality, Scalability, Parallel Slack
        Performance Theory
            Amdahl, Gustafson-Barsis, Work-Span
            Big-O, Big-Omega, Big-Theta
        Architectures and Models
            Processes, Threads
            Shared Memory, Distributed Memory
            Hardware Mechanisms
        Design Issues
            Identifying Dependencies
            Communication Issues
            Implementing Granularity
            Input and Output
        Programming Models
            Shared Memory
            Distributed Memory
            Compilers - Parallel Studio, GNU g++

Shared Memory Programming - 45%
            Map, Reduce, Scan
        Cilk Plus
            Map, Reduce, Scan, Fork-Join, Pipeline, Geometric Decomposition
        Threading Building Blocks
            Map, Reduce, Scan, Fork-Join, Pipeline, Geometric Decomposition

Distributed Memory Programming - 20%
        Message-Passing Interface
                Primitives, P2P, Environment Management
                Broadcast, Scatter, Gather, Reduction, Scan

Patterns and Algorithms - 10%
        Control Flow
        Data Management

Tools - 10%
        Profiling, Analysis, Debugging
Prescribed Text(s):

Parallel Algorithms and Progrmamming Techniques
By C.M. Szalwinski

Reference Material:

Structured Parallel Programming
by McCool, M., Robison, A.D., Reinders, J., Morgan Kaufmann
ISBN 978-0-12-415993-8

Desktop or Laptop with an Accelerator
Promotion Policy:
  • Achieve a passing grade on the final exam
  • Satisfactorily complete all assignments
  • Achieve a passing grade on the weighted average of the tests and final exam
  • Achieve a passing grade on the overall course

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

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Assignment 30%

Labs 20%

Test 20%

Exam 30%

Approved By:
Mary-Lynn Manton
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