ECE 66600 - Parallel Computer ArchitectureCredits: 3
Areas of Specialization(s):Computer Engineering
Normally Offered: Each Spring
This course studies parallel computer architectures including architectures of bus-based symmetric multiprocessors and general-interconnection network based multiprocessor systems. Topics include programming models (with emphasis on shared memory and message passing) partitioning, load balancing, scheduling, synchronization, cache coherence and memory consistency models.
- Parallel Computer Architecture, A Hardware/Software Approach, D. Culler, J. Singh and A. Gupta, Morgan Kaufman, 1998, ISBN No. 1-55860-343-3.
Recommended Text(s): None.
|1||Introduction to parallel computing, Motivation.|
|2||Programming models, Programming for performance|
|1||Workload characteristics, Performance Evaluation|
|3||Bus-based Symmetric Multiprocessor Design (including snoop-based coherence protocols.)|
|3||Scalable Multiprocessor Design (including directory-based coherence protocols.)|
|2||Communication issues, Interconnection networks|
|1||Hardware/software tradeoffs, Computation/communication tradeoffs|