The world’s largest supercomputers are used almost exclusively to run applications which are parallelised using Message Passing. The course covers all the basic knowledge required to write parallel programs using this programming model, and is directly applicable to almost every parallel computer architecture.
The course will be delivered in an intensive format using the Anselm supercomputer for practical exercises. It will be taught using a variety of methods including formal lectures, practical exercises, programming examples and informal tutorial discussions. This enables lecture material to be supported by the tutored practical sessions in order to reinforce the key concepts.
Parallel programming by definition involves co-operation between many processors to solve a common problem. The programmer has to define the individual tasks that will be executed by the processors, and also how these tasks are to synchronise and exchange data with one another. In the message-passing model the tasks are separate processes that communicate and synchronise by explicitly sending each other messages. All these parallel operations are performed via calls to some message-passing interface that is entirely responsible for interfacing with the physical communication network linking the actual processors together. This course uses the de facto standard for message passing, the Message Passing Interface (MPI). It covers point-to-point communication, non-blocking operations, derived datatypes, virtual topologies, collective communication and general design issues.
Purpose of the course (benefits for the attendees)
On completion of this course students should be able to:
- Understand the message-passing model in detail.
- Implement standard message-passing algorithms in MPI.
- Debug simple MPI codes.
- Measure and comment on the performance of MPI codes.
- Design and implement efficient parallel programs to solve regular-grid problems.
|Thursday, December 12, 2013|
|Practical: Parallel Traffic Modelling|
|MPI on Anselm|
|Practical: Hello World|
|13:30-14:30||time for lunch|
|16:30-18:00||Communicators, Tags and Modes|
Practical: Pi continued / Ping-Pong
Friday, December 13, 2013
|Practical: Message Round a Ring|
|Practical: Collective Communication|
|12:30-13:30||time for lunch|
|13:30-15:30||Introduction to the Case Study|
|Practical: Case Study|