- Note new time for the course in 2014/2015:
Mondays, Thursdays 14:10-15:00 at the
Lecture Theatre of the Hugh Robson Building.
- The first lecture in on Thursday 18 September (not
Monday 15 September).
- 30/8/14: The course content is currently being heavily
revised; if you are interested in the course please wait for the
next update before downloading material.
- 12/9/14: The set of slides for the course is now available; head
over to lectures to download.
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.
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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