Applied Parallel Computing OpenCourseWare: MIT's Free Undergraduate Course on Applied Parallel Computing Focusing on Modern Supercomputers

Published Feb 22, 2009

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'Applied Parallel Computing' is an undergraduate-level OpenCourseWare that is provided by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Its focus is to give students a comprehensive introduction to the modern supercomputer and the field of parallel computing. This course takes an interdisciplinary approach and should interest students who are completing coursework in fields such as Engineering, Physics or Mathematics.

Applied Parallel Computing: Course Specifics:

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Applied Parallel Computing: Course Description:

The Cray Research Cray 1, released in 1975, is widely considered the first real supercomputer. Powerful supercomputers are used by engineers, computer scientists and mathematicians to crunch numbers and quickly solve large problems. 'Applied Parallel Computing is a free OpenCourseWare offered by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology that examines applied parallel computing or 'supercomputers.' The instructor for this course is Professor Alan Edelman. Students will not only learn about the types hardware and software models that are available for high performance computation, but also understand some of the issues and challenges in the field of parallel computing. In addition there is a review of concepts like compilers and algorithms. Others lectures deal with topics such as sparse linear algebra, N-body problems, partitioning and mesh generation and caches and vector processors.

Course materials for 'Applied Parallel Computing' include lecture notes, assignments and projects, plus an extensive list of related resources. If You would like to take advantage of this free course, visit the parallel computing course page.

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