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FIT5174 - Parallel and distributed systems

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Postgraduate 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. This 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.


At the completion of this unit students will have:

  1. knowledge of a variety of parallel architectures, such as bus-based, massively parallel, cluster, vector, a variety of parallel programming paradigms, synchronization and parallelization primitives, message passing, data parallel, tuple space;
  2. understanding of concurrency, synchronicity and parallelism, and the design issues of parallel systems;
  3. skills in designing, developing and debugging parallel programs using a variety of paradigms.


Assignments: 100%

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/week


For MAIT students, FIT9017, FIT9018, FIT9019, FIT9030, FIT9020 and FIT4037. Recommended knowledge: operating systems, including synchronization and interprocess communication mechanisms; advanced computer architecture, including pipelining techniques.


FIT4001, CSE4333

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