NDAK14008U Programming Massively Parallel Hardware
The aim of the course is to teach students how to efficiently
and effectively exploit parallel hardware, which is now mainstream
(i.e., how to write quickly programs that run fast).
The course gives an overview of various parallel hardware, such as multi-core, GPU, etc., introduces several programming interfaces, such as OpenMP, OpenCL, etc., and highlights how hardware differences influence the way in which the program is optimized.
The lectures will give practical instructions to implementing, testing, and optimizing/tuning parallel programs written in each of the programming interfaces.
Several composible code transformations that have been found effective in optimizing parallelism are introduced in the second part of the course. These can be seen as recipees for optimizing the application's degree of parallelism and locality of reference.
- explain the main differences in various parallel hardware, and
how these influence the way the code is optimized/tuned.
- explain the (in)correctness of (specific instances of) loop
parallelization and related optimizations.
- explain, on specific instances, how to guide the application of such optimizations, and the (data-sensitive) tradeoffs that are exploited.
- implement parallel programs using different programming
interfaces, such as OpenMP, OpenCL
- test, profile, and tune the programs to efficiently take advantage of the parallel hardware (multicore, GPU).
- for a given application and parallel hardware, identify an effective parallelization solution.
The course does not use a textbook, but instead provide tutorials, scientific papers, and selected material from several books (available from the course pages).
- 7,5 ECTS
- Type of assessment
- Continuous assessmentFour individual assignments (32%), group project (report) with individual presentation (68%).
- Marking scale
- 7-point grading scale
- Censorship form
- No external censorship
several internal examiners
- Resubmission of (i) the (missing) assignments (25%) and (ii) the (missing) project extended with additional tasks (50%), and (iii) a 30 minutes oral examination (25%).
Criteria for exam assesment
see learning goals
- Project work