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Reading Course: Recent Advances in Distributed and Parallel Computing (3-5hp)

Course announcement

New achievements with a fundamental importance in the fields of distributed and parallel computing will be evaluated in this graduate reading course. After introductory discussions, every participant should search for relevant research literature, work through it, give a presentation and actively contribute to the overall discussions as well as write a short report.


The research student should to be able to account for, discuss and analyze special literature within well-defined problem areas within distributed and parallel computing after the course.


Students will analyze and assess recent research literature from different areas in distributed and parallel computing. The results of the literature work will be presented to the course participants, discussed, and summarized in written reports.


The course will be assessed with Pass/Fail grade based on the successful presentation and the delivery of a scientifically sound report.  From 3 to 5 hp will be given upon successful completion of the course.


  • 3 points for
    • Approval of reading list
    • Delivery of seminar presentation
    • Attendance to at least 3/4 of all seminars
  • 2 additional points for
    • Delivery of a scientific paper

Contact and Time plan

An initial discussion on the contents of the course and potential topics will take place on Wednesday, November 2nd, 4pm, in room 523, Teknikringen 14, 5th floor. The presentations will be scheduled for Spring 2012. 

Initial deadlines:

  • Nov 14: Topic selection
  • Nov 30: Initial reading list proposed

Topics and Presentation schedule:
  • Ali Gholami: Cloud Computing: Data security and privacy, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 10:00-10:45
  • Jeanette Spuehler: Parallel FEM Simulation Using GPUs, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 11:00-11:45
  • Michael Schliephake: Task scheduling for multi-core processors, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 10:00-10:45
  • Xavi Aguilar: Performance analysis and machine learning, Wednesday, Feb. 15, 11:00-11:45
  • Ilja Livenson: Cloud Storage with storage and access QoS, Thursday, Feb. 16, 10:00-10:45
  • Niclas Jansson: Hybrid MPI + PGAS and it's applicability to finite element methods, Thursday, Feb. 16, 11:00-11:45
  • All presentations will take place in room 302, Teknikringen 14. 


Introduction slides


For inquiries please contact Erwin Laure.