Faculty of Information Technology

Postgraduate - Unit

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6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Information Technology
OfferedCaulfield Second semester 2012 (Evening)


E-Research provides means to harnessing contemporary ICT capabilities for solving challenging problems in science, medicine, and engineering. Computer grids play an pivotal role in E-Research; providing a seamless (web-like) access to a variety of networked resources, e.g. large data stores and information repositories, expensive instruments, high-speed links, sensors networks, and multimedia services for a wide range of applications. Topics covered include: Computational and Service-Oriented Grids, Grid-enabled Applications,. Gridservices, OGSA, Webservices, WSDL, Clustered Computing, GridMPI, Instruments and Sensors, Parametric Computing, P2P, and Data Grids.


At the completion of this unit students will:

  • be able to evaluate enabling technologies such as high-speed links and storage area networks for building computer grids;
  • be able to utilise grid computing and clustering middleware, such as Parallel Virtual Machine (PVM), Message Passing Interface (MPI), HPC Portals, and Peer-to-Peer networks for implementing virtual super computing resources;
  • be able to design a grid computing application in one of the key application areas e.g. Computer Animation, E-Research;
  • be able to install a grid computing environment;
  • develop communications skills and accept the code of professional conduct and practice through short presentations and group work.


Examination (2 hours): 50%; In-semester assessment: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Asad Khan

Contact hours

2 hrs lectures/wk, 2 hrs laboratories/wk


One of FIT9017, FIT9008, FIT9004 or FIT9018

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