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FIT4001 - Parallel and distributed systems

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Information Technology

Leader(s): Dr Asad Khan/Mr Quazi Mamun


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


Modern computer systems contain parallelism in both hardware and software. This unit covers parallelism in both general purpose and application specific computer architectures and the programming paradigms that allow parallelism to be exploited in software. The unit examines both shared memory and message passing paradigms in both hardware and software; concurrency, multithreading and synchronicity; parallel, clustered and distributed supercomputing models and languages. Students will program in these paradigms.


At the completion of this unit, students will have knowledge and understaning of:

  1. a variety of parallel architectures, such as bus-based, massively parallel, cluster, vector;
  2. a variety of parallel programming paradigms, synchronization and parallelization primitives, message passing, data parallel, tuple space.;
  3. concurrency, synchronicity and parallelism;
  4. the design issues of parallel systems.

On completion of this unit students will have skills in:
  1. designing, developing and debugging parallel programs using a variety of paradigms.


Assignments 100%

Contact hours

Lectures 2hrs/week


FIT2022, or CSE2302 and CSE2/3324; in addition students must have completed 24 points of level 3 units



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