BDIC3011J Parallel Computing (BDIC)

Academic Year 2024/2025

In a parallel computation, multiple processors work together to solve a given problem. These are exciting times in parallel computing. The largest parallel machine has over a hundred thousand processors, and it is believed that machines with over ten thousand processors will be commonly available by the end of the decade. Furthermore, with most chip manufacturers moving toward multicore processors, most machines will soon be parallel ones. It is, therefore, essential to learn to use parallel machines effectively.

Includes a broad coverage of the fundamental concepts of parallel computation rather than focusing primarily on the latest trends, which are often quickly outdated due to the rapid changes in technology in this area. The principal types of parallel computation are covered by investigating three key features for each: typical architectural features, typical programming languages, and algorithm design techniques. Also the popular MPI language used with a wide range of parallel computers will be introduced.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

• Describe different parallel architectures, inter-connect networks, programming models, and algorithms for common operations such as matrix-vector multiplication..
• Given a problem, develop an efficient parallel algorithm to solve it..
• Given a parallel algorithm, analyze its time complexity as a function of the problem size and number of processors.
• Given a parallel algorithm, implement it using MPI, OpenMP, pthreads, or a combination of MPI and OpenMP.
• Given a parallel code, analyze its performance, determine computational bottlenecks, and optimize the performance of the code.
• Given a parallel code, debug it and fix the errors.
• Given a problem, implement an efficient and correct code to solve it, analyze its performance, and give convincing written and oral presentations explaining your achievements.

Indicative Module Content:

Week Topic
1 Introduction -- Chapter 1
2 Programming Technology Based on Message Transfer and Cluster System -- Chapter 2
3 Parallel Architecture and Processing Technology -- Chapter 3
4 Parallel algorithm design -- Chapter 3 (to be continued)
5 Parallel algorithm design -- Chapter 3 (completed)
6 Performance analysis – Chapter 4 (to be continued)
7 Performance analysis – Chapter 4 (completed)
8 Combining MPI and OpenMP – Chapter 5 (to be continued)
9 Combining MPI and OpenMP – Chapter 5 (to be continued)
10 Combining MPI and OpenMP – Chapter 5 (completed)
11 Revision
12 Examination

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours


Computer Aided Lab


Autonomous Student Learning




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
active/task-based learning; peer and group work; lectures; reflective learning; lab/studio work; enquiry & problem-based learning; ; student presentations, etc. 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
BDIC1047J - English for Uni Studies BDIC, BDIC1048J - English Gen Acad Purposes BDIC, BDIC2007J - English for Spec Acad Purposes, BDIC2015J - Acad Wrt & Comm Skills

Additional Information:
This module is delivered overseas and is not available to students based at the UCD Belfield or UCD Blackrock campuses

Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade In Module Component Repeat Offered
Exam (In-person): 2 Hour Final Exam Week 15 Graded Yes



Carry forward of passed components
Remediation Type Remediation Timing
In-Module Resit Prior to relevant Programme Exam Board
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment
• Feedback individually to students, post-assessment
• Group/class feedback, post-assessment
• Self-assessment activities

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Not yet recorded.

Chen Guoliang, Parallel Computing: Structure, Algorithms, Programming, Higher Education Press, 2011

• Parallel Programming in C with MPI and OpenMP by M.J. Quinn, McGraw-Hill Science/Engineering/Math, 1 st edition, 2003, ISBN: 0072822562
• Du Zhihui, Advanced Computing Parallel Programming Technology - MPI Parallel Programming, Tsinghua University Press, 2001
Name Role
Enchang Sun Tutor
Wenying Wu Tutor