Extreme Computing (2013/2014)
- The first assignment has been announced;
- Last year's essay assignment
A good essay can be
found here. It is
longer than required so do not take this as an indication that
you need to write as much.
- Lab sessions have been announced.
Check here for time and location
and here for lab material.
The second assignment has been announced and is available
Extreme Computing deals with cloud computing and cluster computing. It touches upons areas such as:
- [Background:] Motivation for new computing paradigms;
introduction and differences between cloud and cluster computing;
scaling, Big Data, performance, privacy, economics, security, software as service.
- [Infrastructure:] Distributed file systems; virtualisation;
replication; fault tolerance; concurrent programming; web services.
- [Algorithms:] Hadoop (MapReduce); design and implementation of
dealing with massive amounts of data;
case studies using natural language processing, database
query evaluation and/or machine learning. Streaming algorithms, randomised algorithms.
We aim to make students aware of topics using large (> 1000 node)
clusters, but not be tied to particular vendors whereever possible. If you want to understand how companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter
or Last.fm work, then this is the course for you.
Students should have a computing or numerate background, but there is
no need to know any particular programming language. Students should
be familiar with Unix (Linux) and ssh.
The course is a Level-11 course, normally taken in Year 4. It is open
to all 4th year, MInf, and MSc students in Informatics.
The course has a forum which
can be used to discuss the material of the course. Note that you will
need an EASE account to log on.
Announcements regarding the course will be posted to the course mailing list
students taking the course are automatically subscribed to this
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