SMA 5505/6.338J/18.337J Applied Parallel Computing
Spring 2003

Advanced interdisciplinary introduction to applied parallel computing on modern supercomputers. Numerical topics include dense and sparse linear algebra, N-body problems, multigrid, fast-multipole, wavelets and Fourier transforms. Geometrical topics include partitioning and mesh generation. Other topics include applications oriented architecture, software systems, MPI, Cilk, data parallel systems, Parallel MATLAB, caches and vector processors with hands-on emphasis on understanding the realities and myths of what is possible on the world's fastest machines.

Lecture time: TR 1-2:30pm
Location: 9-057

Discussion session: M 8-9pm (Required for Singapore students, strongly encouraged for MIT students)
Room: 3-370

Prof. Alan Edelman
Email: edelman AT
Office: 2-388 or NE43-257, x3-7770

Ron Choy
Email: cly AT
Office: NE43-219, x3-4103


Homework: 40% - 4 homeworks

Project: 60%

You will need to hand in 2 progress reports, and a final project report. Also, you are required to do two presentations on the project, one before Spring break when you hand in your first progress report, and one at the end of the semester. Also you need to keep a website on your project. All reports and the website will be made public.


Every week there will be a suggested reading list, along with some questions that will be discussed in the Monday night session. The session is required for Singapore students and encouraged for MIT students. The discussion session is a great place to get research ideas/project ideas.

Ron Choy
Last modified: Tue Feb 4 09:43:10 GMT 2003