Level of Study
Objectives and Content
The course gives an overview of the architectures and communication networks employed in parallel computers. The course covers the foundations for development of efficient parallel algorithms, including examples from relatively simple numerical problems, sorting, and graph problems. Adaption of algorithms to special computer architectures is discussed.
Relevant theory is covered in lectures together with examples of how one develops parallel computer programs. The students then solve programming problems themselves using parallel computers. A large part of the teaching is practically oriented.
On completion of the course the student should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills and general competence:
The student knows
- the basic construction and use of parallel computers,
- the content and use of the terminology for how one measures the performance of parallel algorithms and parallel computers,
- how to develop computer programs for different types of parallel computers.
The student is able to
- optimize sequential code for fastest possible execution.
- analyze sequential programs and determine if they are worthwhile to parallelize.
- develop, analyze, and implement algorithms for parallel computers. This applies both to computers with shared memory and with distributed memory.
- can analyze and perform development work related to the use of parallel computers.
Required Previous Knowledge
For incoming exchange students: At least 60 ECTS in Computer Science and at least 10 ECTS in mathematics.
Access to the Course
Access to the course requires admission to a programme of study at The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences
Teaching and learning methods
The teaching is divided into a theoretical and a practical part. In both parts new material will be covered. Thus the student is expected to participate in all parts of the teaching.
The theoretical teaching is conducted in a lecture room, four hours a week, the practical teaching is conducted using the students own laptops.
Compulsory Assignments and Attendance
Obligatory exercises must be passed in order to take the final exam. There are valid for two subsequent semesters, starting from the semester in which they are approved. Students will be given access to parallel computers, but must also expect to use their own computers during the exercise sessions.
Forms of Assessment
3 hours written (digital) exam. The obligatory activities count for 50% of the final grade. Both the obligatory activities and the exam must be passed to achieve a passing grade in the course. The students will be notified of the obligatory activities and their final weight in the grade at the beginning of the semester.
Examination Support Material
The grading scale used is A to F. Grade A is the highest passing grade in the grading scale, grade F is a fail.
Examination both spring semester and autumn semester. In semesters without teaching the examination will be arranged at the beginning of the semester.
The reading list will be available within June 1st for the autumn semester and December 1st for the spring semester
The course will be evaluated by the students in accordance with the quality assurance system at UiB and the department
The Programme Committee is responsible for the content, structure and quality of the study programme and courses.
Course coordinator and administrative contact person can be found on Mitt UiB, or contact
The Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences represented by the Department of Informatics is the course administrator for the course and study programme.
T: 55 58 42 00
For written exams, please note that the start time may change from 09:00 to 15:00 or vice versa until 14 days prior to the exam.
Type of assessment: Written examination
- 26.05.2023, 09:00
- 3 hours
- Withdrawal deadline
- Examination result announcement
- Examination system
- Digital exam
- Damsgårdsveien 125, DAM 1. etg.