Introduction to Parallel Computing using MPI
Math 700 - Special Topics in Applied and Numerical Mathematics
Matthias K. Gobbert, Susan E. Minkoff, and Madhu Nayakkankuppam
Fall 2001 - Schedule Number 3620
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Lecture Notes by Madhu Nayakkankuppam:
- hw4.pdf homework assignment
- main.c serial program as starting point
- compile compilation instructions for main.c
including syntax to link to the BLAS libraries on our system
- Matthias K. Gobbert,
Math/Psyc 416, (410) 455-2404, firstname.lastname@example.org,
office hours: TTh 03:00-03:50 or by appointment
- Susan E. Minkoff,
Math/Psyc 440, (410) 455-3029, email@example.com,
office hours: MW 03:00-04:00
- Madhu Nayakkankuppam,
Math/Psyc 427, (410) 455-3298, firstname.lastname@example.org,
office hours: TTh 09:00-10:00 or by appointment
- Lectures: TTh 04:00-05:15, MP 401
- Prerequisites: Math 620, Math 630, Math 650,
fluency in programming either C or Fortran and
proficiency in using the Unix/Linux operating system,
or instructor approval
- Textbook: Peter S. Pacheco,
Parallel Programming with MPI,
Morgan Kaufmann, 1997.
A copy of the textbook is on reserve in the library.
- Grading policy:
See also the general policies and procedures for more information.
In recent years, parallel computing has become an almost ubiquitous
way to perform computer simulations involving large amounts of data or
intensive calculations. The basic purpose of using several processors
is to speed up computations of large problems by distributing the
work. But large problems typically involve vast quantities of data
as well; by distributing the work and data across several processors,
previously unsolvable problems can now be tackled in reasonable time.
The first parallel machines could typically only be afforded by
well-financed government agencies, national laboratories, and
large corporations. Today, however, due to the dramatic drop in
personal computer prices, parallel computing has become accessible
to all by the availability of inexpensive dual-processor PCs. It is
then only slightly more expensive to couple several of these into a
The most common library of parallel computing instructions for
any type of parallel machine architecture is the Message Passing
Interface (MPI). This course will provide interested students a basic
introduction to parallel computing using MPI on a distributed-memory
cluster of Linux PCs. We anticipate about half the semester will
be spent on introducing the basic features of MPI. Project-oriented
assignments will be given to establish practical experience with MPI.
In order to truly appreciate the power of parallel computing, it is
useful to see it used in practice. Therefore, we intend to invite
several other researchers from a variety of related application areas
to give presentations about how they use parallel computing to solve
their application problems.
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Copyright © 2001 by Matthias K. Gobbert. All Rights Reserved.
This page version 2.6, December 2001.