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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedClayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Asad Khan


Modern computer systems contain parallelism in both hardware and software. This unit covers parallelism in both general purpose and application specific computer architectures and the programming paradigms that allow parallelism to be exploited in software. The unit examines both shared memory and message passing paradigms in both hardware and software; concurrency, multithreading and synchronicity; parallel, clustered and distributed supercomputing models and languages. Students will program in these paradigms.


At the completion of this unit students will have -
A knowledge and understanding of:

  • a variety of parallel architectures, such as bus-based, massively parallel, cluster, vector;
  • a variety of parallel programming paradigms, synchronisation and parallelisation primitives, message passing, data parallel, tuple space;
  • concurrency, synchronicity and parallelism;
  • the design issues of parallel systems.
Developed the skills in:
  • designing, developing and debugging parallel programs using a variety of paradigms.


Assignments: 100%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Asad Khan

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk


FIT2022, or CSE2302 and CSE2324/CSE3324; in addition students must have completed 24 points of level 3 units



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