15-418/15-618: Parallel Computer Architecture and Programming, Spring 2021

Spring 2021
15-418/618 Lectures: MWF 4:00 - 5:30 REO Brian Railing and Nathan Beckmann

From smart phones, to multi-core CPUs and GPUs, to the world's largest supercomputers, parallel processing is ubiquitous in modern computing. The goal of this course is to provide a deep understanding of the fundamental principles and engineering trade-offs involved in designing modern parallel computing systems as well as to teach parallel programming techniques necessary to effectively utilize these machines. Because writing good parallel programs requires an understanding of key machine performance characteristics, this course will cover hardware design and how that affects software design.

Course Syllabus

What's New?

Prerequisites: 15-213 or equivalent (including 14-513, 15-513, 18-213, and 18-613)

Getting Help

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Course Materials

Schedule Lecture schedule and slides
Assignments Details of assignments, due dates, and policies
Exams Information about exams
Resources Additional course resources

Course Information

For details See the course syllabus for details (below are just a few overview bits).
Lectures MWF 4:00-5:20 REO
Credit 12 units
Grading See syllabus
Assignments There are four programming assignments, not evenly weighted. See the assignments page for the breakdown.
Exams There will be two exams (in-class, closed-book).
Exercises There will be five homework assignments.
Home http://www.cs.cmu.edu/~418
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Course Directory /afs/cs/academic/class/15418-s21/


Name Brian Railing Nathan Beckmann
Contact bpr@cs.cmu.edu
Office GHC 6005 GHC 9021
Office Hours TBD Wed 5:30-6:30pm EST