Extreme Computing

Extreme Computing is about making the most of a computing cluster, be it processing huge data sets or serving high-volume websites. The course covers high-performance computing at several levels of the stack:
Motivation:
Big data problems, the memory hierarchy, latency requirements, performance considerations, and economics
Algorithms:
Processing large amounts of data, sharding, streaming, query processing, and randomised algorithms
Infrastucture:
Distributed file systems, fault tolerance, replication, job scheduling, and MapReduce/Hadoop
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.

Lectures are held Mondays and Thursdays 17:10-18:00 in the Hugh Robinson Building Lecture Theatre. Labs start week 3 in Forest Hill 1.B32.

Staff

Kenneth Heafield
Office: 4.21, Informatics Forum, 10 Crichton Street
E-mail: kheafiel at inf
Phone: 517112
The ITO can be contacted using a web form.

Prerequisites

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.

Mailing List

Announcements regarding the course will be posted to the course mailing list. All students taking the course are automatically subscribed to this list. Previous postings can be accessed using the mailing list archive.


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