BIRLA INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE, PILANI
INSTRUCTION DIVISION
FIRST SEMESTER 2005

2006
COURSE HANDOUT (PART II)
Date: 02 / 08 / 2005
In addition to Part I (General Handout for all courses appended to the timetable) this portion gives fur
ther
specific details regarding the course.
Course No
:
CS/IS C422
Course Title
:
Parallel Computing
Instructor

in

charge
: T.S.B.SUDARSHAN
Email
:
tsbs@bits

pilani.ac.in
,
Course web page
:
http://csis/faculty/tsbs
Mirror Site
:
http://discovery.bits

pilani.ac.in/discipline/csis/tsbs/index.html
1. Course Description:
Introduction
to parallel computing; Models of parallel computers; Interconnection networks, basic
communication operations; Introduction to parallel algorithms; Parallel programming paradigms; issues in
implementing algorithms on parallel computers; Parallel programmin
g with message passing interface;
Performance analysis; Scalability analysis; Basic design technique for parallel algorithms; Parallel
algorithms for selected topics like sorting, searching and merging, matrix algebra, graphs.
2. Scope and Objective:
Parallel computing architectures have emerged as alternative to high performance computing
using powerful single processor machines. Sequential algorithms i.e., algorithms designed for single
processor machine, do not harness the full potential of a parall
el machine and hence the need to device
parallel algorithms. Parallel algorithms are highly architecture dependent. Moreover, for a given problem,
some parallel architectures are better suited than others. Therefore, it is necessary to study parallel
archi
tectures and techniques for designing efficient parallel algorithms.
3. Text Book:
Introduction to Parallel Computing
Ananth Grama, Anshul Gupta, George Karypis & Vipin Kumar, ,
Second Edition, Pearson Education, First Indian Reprint 2004.
4. Reference
Books:
(R1)
M.J. Quinn, “Parallel Computing : Theory & Practice’’, McGraw Hill Inc. 2
nd
Edition 1994.
(R2)
M.J.Quinn, “Parallel Programming in C with MPI and OPENMP”, Jaico Books, 2003
(R3)
F. Thomson Leighton, “Introduction to Parallel Algorithms and
Architectures : Arrays, Trees,
Hypercubes”, Morgan Kaufmann Publishers , 1992.
(R4)
IEEE Transaction on Computers
(R5)
IEEE Transaction on Parallel & Distributed systems.
(R6)
Journal of Parallel & Distributed Computing.
4. Course Plan:
Lecture
No.
Learn
ing Objectives
Topics to be covered
Reference to
text/ref. book
1
Introducing Parallel
Algorithms, studying
algorithms, minimizing number
Introduction to parallel processing and
parallel processing terminology
R1
Section
1.1,1.2 & 1.3
2,3
Contrast between Data Parallelism &
Control Parallelism
R1
Section 1.3 &
1.4
4

6
Parallel Programming Platforms
T1
Section 2.1
–
2.3.
7
of processors.
Physical Organization of parallel
computer
T1
Section 2.4
8,9
PRAM algorithms, (parallel reduction,
prefi
x sums, list ranking etc.)
R1
Section 2.3
10
PRAM Sorting Algorithms
Class Notes
11

13
Routing in parallel computer
T1
Section 2.5

2.6
14

16
Studying different
organizations, mappings
between them, data
decomposition and
Processor

Processor mapping
&
mapping techniques
T1
Section 2.7
17

19
Decomposition Techniques
T1
Section
3.1,3.2
20
Task Mapping
T1
Section 3.3
20,21
Performance metrics for
parallel systems
Performance metrics for parallel
system
T1
Section 5.1,
5.2
22,23
Isoefficeincy
function & scalability
issues
T1
Section 5.3,
5.4
24,25
Other scalability metrics
T1
Section 5.5,
5.6
26
Simple parallel algorithms on mesh
and hypercube
R1
Chapter 6
27

30
Studying & Analyzing parallel
versions of standard sequential
algorithms on
different
processor organizations
Parallel Matrix Algorithms: Matrix
Multiplication, Solving System of
Linear Equations
T1
Chapter 8
31

35
Sorting Algorithms on mesh and
hypercube
Class Notes +
T1
Chapter 9
36

40
Parallel Graph Algorithms: Prim’s,
Di
jkstra’s Algorithm etc.
T1
Section 10.1
–
10.4
The material in the text will be supplemented with a limited number of papers from IEEE transactions,
IEEE Computers and articles from the Internet, which describes the new machines. Some of these will be
mad
e available on the course web page.
5. Home assignments
will be announced in the class regularly.
6. Evaluation Scheme:
EC
No.
Evaluation
Component
Duration
(min)
Weightage
(%)
Date, Time & Venue
Nature of
Component
1
Test I
50
20
07/09 W 3

3:50 PM
220
7
Closed Book
2
Test II
50
20
16/11 W 3

3:50 PM
2207
Closed Book
3
Labs, Online and
Project*

30
To be announced in
the class
Open Book
4
Comprehensive
180
30
7/12 (AN)
Partly Open
* Details of the assignments and project will be announced later.
8. Chamber Consultation Hours:
To be Announced
9. Make

up Policy:
Make Up for any component will be given only in genuine cases. In all cases prior intimation must be
given to IC.
10. Notices:
Notices regarding the course will be displayed on the notice
board of FD1.
Instructor

in

charge
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