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CS 652 — Parallel Computing
(dt. Parallelverarbeitung)

Level, degree of commitment Specialization module, depends on importing study program
Forms of teaching and learning,
Lecture (4 SWS), recitation class (2 SWS),
270 hours (90 h attendance, 180 h private study)
Credit points,
formal requirements
9 CP
Course requirement(s): Oral or written examination
Examination type: Successful completion of at least 50 percent of the points from the weekly exercises as well as at least 2 presentations of the tasks.
The grading is done with 0 to 15 points according to the examination regulations for the degree program M.Sc. Data Science.
Subject, Origin Computer Science, M.Sc. Data Science
One semester,
Regelmäßig alle 3 bis 4 Semester
Person in charge of the module's outline Prof. Dr. Rita Loogen


1. Introduction: Models/Concepts of Parallel Computing

2. Design of parallel programs

3. Memory-coupled systems: The PRAM model, PRAM algorithms: Sorting and matrix algorithms, thread-based programming, synchronization and communication via shared variables (semaphore, monitors), programming of memory-coupled multiprocessors -> The OpenMP standard

4. Message-coupled systems: Networks, Distributed Algorithms, Programming Message-Coupled Multiprocessors -> The MPI Library (Message-Passing-Interface)

5. Accelerator-based systems: GPGPU programming with CUDA

6. Alternative approaches

Qualification Goals

  • Learning and classifying different parallel programming models,
  • Comparing different methods for parallel problem solving,
  • Learning parallel programming techniques,
  • Writing parallel programs,
  • Developing and analysing parallel algorithms,
  • Evaluating parallel algorithms and programs,
  • Practicing scientific working methods (recognition, formulation, solving problems, training of abstraction skills),
  • Training oral communication skills in the exercises by practicing free speech in front of an audience and during discussion


Translation is missing. Here is the German original:

Keine. Empfohlen werden die Kompetenzen, die in dem Modul Objektorientierte Programmierung vermittelt werden

Recommended Reading

  • A. Grama, A. Gupta, G. Karypis, V. Kumar: Introduction to Parallel Computing, Pearson Education, 2003.
  • M. Quinn: Parallel Programming in C with MPI and OpenMP, Mc Graw Hill 2003
  • I. Foster: Designing and Building Parallel Programs, Addison Wesley 1995
  • A. Gibbons, W. Rytter: Efficient Parallel Algorithms, Cambridge University Press 1988

Please note:

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