DPS915 - Introduction to Parallel Programming

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Subject Title
Introduction to Parallel Programming

Subject Description
Modern GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) technology supports massively parallel computations, which complements the serial processing capabilities of CPU technology. This course teaches students how to read and write programs that use both CPU and GPU technology. Students learn to reorganize existing programs into serial code that runs on the CPU and parallel code that runs on the GPU. Students also study cases that have benefited from CPU+GPU programming and develop a CPU+GPU application for a prospective client.

Credit Status
1 credit (3 units)
Professional Option for BSD - Bachelor of Technology (Software Development) 

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

  • code heterogeneous solutions using the CUDA and OpenCL programming models
  • compile, run, and profile heterogeneous applications on Windows, Linux and Mac OS platforms
  • design and code heterogeneous solutions using GPU optimized libraries
  • discuss performance, optimization, and best practices in GPU programming
  • install and run applications that benefit from GPU compute technology
  • use directives to highlight parallelizable code to auto-compilers
  • express problems in terms of vectors and matrices and transform vectors using matrices
  • research potential CPU + GPU applications and implement a preliminary solution

Essential Employability Skills
Execute mathematical operations accurately.

Apply a systematic approach to solve problems.

Manage the use of time and other resources to complete projects.

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