PDC education in the BGU ECE department

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Abstract

This paper describes two undergraduate Parallel and Distributed Computing (PDC) courses which are taught in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering (ECE) at Ben-Gurion University (BGU). The first course, An Introduction to Parallel Processing is mandatory and the follow-up course, Parallel and Distributed Computing is an elective. Great efforts have been invested in making these courses attractive and up to date. Significant resources and budget constraints make this goal challenging. It is also a dilemma what material to choose, at what depth, what to ignore and also what should be the right balance between theoretical algorithms and practical tools. There is no single answer to these questions. This paper describes the author's way of coping with these questions. There are several unique features in the two courses such as the adoption of Virtual Machines, the preference of Open Source Software and the use of on-line material. All these make the PDC courses very accessible to the students. Two unique home assignments using HTCondor, a High-Throughput Computing tool, are described. Finally, an extensive list of references is provided at the end of this paper which may be useful for other educators in similar courses.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of EduHPC 2014
Subtitle of host publicationWorkshop on Education for High-Performance Computing - Held in Conjunction with SC 2014: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Pages15-20
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)9781479970216
DOIs
StatePublished - 20 Jan 2014
Event2014 Workshop on Education for High-Performance Computing, EduHPC 2014 - Held in Conjunction with the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC 2014 - New Orleans, United States
Duration: 16 Nov 2014 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of EduHPC 2014: Workshop on Education for High-Performance Computing - Held in Conjunction with SC 2014: The International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis

Conference

Conference2014 Workshop on Education for High-Performance Computing, EduHPC 2014 - Held in Conjunction with the International Conference for High Performance Computing, Networking, Storage and Analysis, SC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityNew Orleans
Period16/11/14 → …

Keywords

  • Cloud Computing
  • Distributed Computing
  • Education
  • Grid Computing
  • HPC
  • HTC
  • HTCondor
  • Parallel Computing
  • Teaching

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