Location & Time

TR 4.15 PM-5.30 PM
101 Walker Building


Kamesh Madduri
Office hours:
TR 9.30 AM-11.00 AM (343E IST)
Appointment (cal)

Important Dates

Jan 08. First class
Feb 07. Project Milestone 1 due
Feb 25. Project Milestone 2 due
Feb 28. Midterm exam
Apr 05. Project Milestone 3 due
Apr 16. Homework 1 due
Apr 24. Homework 2 due
Apr 25. Project presentations
Apr 30. Project reports due
Apr 30. Final exam


This is a graduate class on the design, analysis, and implementation of parallel algorithms for solving computational science problems. This class will also provide students hands-on experience programming current and emerging high-performance computing systems. For this semester, this section is combined with CMPSC 450, which is an undergraduate class on parallel programming. The evaluation and grading schemes are different. Please let me know if you have already taken CMPSC 450.


Parallel Algorithm Design and Analysis
Models for algorithm analysis, Sources of concurrency, Overview of current parallel systems.
High-performance Parallel Programming
Programming models and libraries (MPI, OpenMP, CUDA), Optimizations for serial performance, Memory locality
Parallelization Techniques
Divide and conquer, Balanced trees, Pointer jumping, Pipelining, Randomization.
Dense linear algebra, Sparse matrix computations, Sorting, FFT, N-body methods, Graph Analytics.


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Schedule, Lecture notes

Please join the class on Piazza.


Georg Hager and Gerhard Wellein, Introduction to High Performance Computing for Scientists and Engineers, CRC Press, 2010.


Students should have taken undergraduate classes on Algorithms, Data Structures, and Computer Architecture. Students should also be comfortable in sequential programming in a general-purpose language such as C, C++, Java, or Fortran. Undergraduate students and non-CSE graduate students should get the instructor's consent before registering for the class.

Class material

Homeworks and Assessments will be posted on Angel. We will use Piazza for class discussions and announcements. Lecture slides and other resources will also be available on Piazza.

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